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NHRA Top Fuel veteran Scott Kalitta looks to Indy to add to his legendary career with a Mac Tools U.S. Nationals win Clermont, Ind., (Aug. 30, 2005) - 24-year drag racing veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the 7,000 horsepower Mac Tools/Jesse...

NHRA Top Fuel veteran Scott Kalitta looks to Indy to add to his legendary career with a Mac Tools U.S. Nationals win

Clermont, Ind., (Aug. 30, 2005) - 24-year drag racing veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the 7,000 horsepower Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster, has accomplished just about everything a drag racer can in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. He was Top Fuel World Champion in consecutive seasons in 1994 and '95. He has won national events in both Top Fuel and Funny Car and became only the third driver to ever qualify one of each of the nitro race cars at an NHRA national event (Dallas - 1990). He also became the first Top Fuel pilot to win four consecutive NHRA events in 1994. His career is nothing less than stellar, but there is one thing that he hasn't been able to achieve on the paved quarter-mile - He has yet to win the most prestigious drag race of them all, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

This Labor Day weekend's running of the 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Ind., Aug. 31-Sept. 5, just outside of downtown Indianapolis, will give Scott another opportunity to cross off the one item left on his drag racing to-do list at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"I probably want to win Indy this year more than I have ever wanted to," Scott said. "Our season has been up and down, mostly down, but to win Indy would make all the struggles we've had this year kind of disappear.

"It is the one race that I want to win before I hang up my firesuit for good. My dad (Connie Kalitta, team owner and drag racing legend) finally got his Indy Wally (trophy) in 1994 at age 56. I don't want to wait that much longer, so I hope we can go out there and get it this year."

Scott raced to the semifinals last year at IRP, which matched his career-best showings there in 1983, '93 and 2003.

Scott, 43, won the opening event of the 2005 season in Pomona, Calif., in February, and took the Top Fuel trophy in Joliet, Ill., in early June. He has 18 (17 Top Fuel, 1 Funny Car) NHRA national event victories in his career. He is currently eighth in championship points.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals begins Friday, Sept. 2, for the Top Fuel class with one qualifying session. Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday with two more chances to qualify on Sunday. The top sixteen qualified cars will race Monday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the 18th of 23 national events in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

About Kalitta Motorsports

Based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Kalitta Motorsports is the only full-time three-car Top Fuel drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) POWERade Drag Racing Series. The racing operation was started in 1959 by now legendary drag racer and team owner Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta. His son Scott Kalitta drives the Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster. Scott's cousin, Connie's nephew, Doug Kalitta drives the flagship dragster for Mac Tools. Native Australian David Grubnic drives the third dragster under the banner of Zantrex-3.

Connie serves as crew chief for all three Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Rahn Tobler (Mac Tools dragster), Jim Oberhofer (Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster), Jon Oberhofer (Zantrex-3 dragster) and consultant Larry Meyer.

Team Kalitta race cars made seven straight NHRA national event final-round appearances (Las Vegas 1, Bristol, Atlanta, Columbus, Topeka, Chicago 1 and Englishtown) in 2005. Team Kalitta cars have made 11 total final-round appearances with eight wins (Doug - 5, Scott - 2, Grubnic - 1) so far in 2005. Doug was runner-up in Las Vegas 1 and Columbus. Grubnic was runner-up in Englishtown.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic , Scott Kalitta , Jim Oberhofer , Connie Kalitta , Jesse James