Indy ORP: Scott Kalitta preview

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team hope a win in Indy will kick start a stretch-run of Funny Car wins INDIANAPOLIS, (Aug. 29, 2007) -- This weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, the world's best drag racers and drag racing fans make their way to Indianapolis...

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team hope a win in Indy will kick start a stretch-run of Funny Car wins

INDIANAPOLIS, (Aug. 29, 2007) -- This weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, the world's best drag racers and drag racing fans make their way to Indianapolis for the biggest and most celebrated straight-line racing event on the planet, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Veteran nitro pilot Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Nitro Funny Car, knows how big a win at the "Big Go" can mean to a team that has struggled throughout the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series to find much-needed performance consistency.

"This year has been really tough," Kalitta, a 45-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., said. "We've had a lot of highs, but we've had a lot more lows. That's just drag racing though. Sometimes you're on top and sometimes you're not, but you keep trying your hardest either way.

"Sure, a win at Indy would ease a lot of the pain this team has felt this year. There are two things that every drag racer wants to do in their career. One is to win a championship and the other is to win Indy. I've won a couple championships (Top Fuel -- 1994-'95), but I have yet to win Indy. Hopefully, this will be our year. Your career is just not complete without an Indy "Wally" (trophy) on the mantle."

Kalitta is the son of team owner and drag racing legend Conrad "Connie" Kalitta. He 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 got his first professional NHRA national event win under the carbon fiber canopy of a Funny Car in Houston in 1989.

-credit: km

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