Gainesville: Scott Kalitta preview

NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta ready to pick up overdue victory in home state Gainesville, Fla., (March 14, 2007) -- Scott Kalitta, driver of the Kalitta Air Toyota Solara Funny Car, thinks that this weekend's, March 15-18, stop on...

NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta ready to pick up overdue victory in home state

Gainesville, Fla., (March 14, 2007) -- Scott Kalitta, driver of the Kalitta Air Toyota Solara Funny Car, thinks that this weekend's, March 15-18, stop on the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in Gainesville, Fla., for the annual running of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway may just be the event that he and his Kalitta Air team are looking for to help them break into the Nitro Funny Car win column.

"We are so very close to getting our car to run with the big boys," Kalitta, a 45-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., said. "We learn something about our race car every time we go down the track and I really feel that we are right on the edge of getting our car consistent and quick every time.

"Gainesville is a great race. I've been coming here for a lot of years even before I was racing myself. I have a lot of great memories of the Gators, so it would be awesome to finally break through with a win here."

Kalitta raced his dad, team owner, and drag racing legend Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta in the Top Fuel final round of the 1994 Gatornationals. The elder Kalitta took the trophy that day in the NHRA's only father vs. son Top Fuel final round.

Kalitta returned to the Funny Car class last season after many successful years at the helm of a Top Fuel dragster. He won the NHRA Top Fuel World Championship in 1994 and 1995 as well as 17 NHRA national event trophies, but he got his first professional NHRA national event win under the carbon fiber canopy of a Funny Car in Houston in 1989.

-credit: kr

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