Indy ORP: Doug Kalitta preview

Mac Tools driver Doug Kalitta doubly determined to claim Indy victory INDIANAPOLIS, (Aug. 26, 2008) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the "Big Red", nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, not only views the 54th annual running...

Mac Tools driver Doug Kalitta doubly determined to claim Indy victory

INDIANAPOLIS, (Aug. 26, 2008) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the "Big Red", nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, not only views the 54th annual running this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, as the biggest possible stage to win his first event of the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, but he also sees his final possibility to qualify as a championship contender this season.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag racing event, is the final event in the 2008 Countdown to 1. Kalitta is in 10th place in POWERade championship points, while his Kalitta Motorsports teammate, Dave Grubnic, holds the 9th spot. Only the top ten pro drivers in points in their respective classes will be eligible for the 2008 Countdown to the Championship "playoffs" that begin at the following event in Concord, N.C., Sept. 11-14. Kalitta is only six points ahead of the driver in 11th place and only four markers behind Grubnic. An elimination round-win is worth 20 points.

"Indy is huge anyway, but now there's even more pressure to qualify and do well," Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "It's the biggest race of the season and the one that every team wants to win the most, but now it's also the last chance to secure a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, and our Mac Tools team is right there on the border.

"We know we'll have the biggest cheering section at the track though. All of our great friends at Mac Tools will be on hand to give us support like they always do, and it's a good feeling to know that you have such a big and loyal group pulling for you. Hopefully for Mike Murray, Trish Pieper, Tony Merritt, and all of the Mac Tools Distributors we'll put "Big Red" in the winner's circle and accomplish all of our goals this weekend."

Kalitta's red racing rail will also be adorned with special decals at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals to commemorate an exceptional relationship between the world-renowned tool manufacturer and two of its best vendors -- Challenger and OTC. Challenger and OTC signage will be visible on the Mac Tools livery throughout the event. Challenger and OTC are also both official sponsors of this year's 7th annual MacFest, taking place during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, which hosts over 200 Mac Tools Distributors, corporate staff, and their guests.

-credit: km

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