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Doug Kalitta to fly the colors of Technicoat Companies on the No. 50 dragster in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, (April 1, 2009) -- Las Vegas-based Technicoat Companies, a worldwide leader in industrial waterproofing and flooring and longtime associate ...

Doug Kalitta to fly the colors of Technicoat Companies on the No. 50 dragster in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, (April 1, 2009) -- Las Vegas-based Technicoat Companies, a worldwide leader in industrial waterproofing and flooring and longtime associate sponsor with Kalitta Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor this weekend, April 2-5, on the 8,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A special edition, one-off Technicoat paint scheme will adorn Kalitta's 300-mph machine for this weekend's festivities.

Technicoat's President Bob Coffman and C.O.O. Glen Williams, a.k.a. "the Cowboys", are fixtures in the Team Kalitta pit area at most NHRA national events with their trademark cowboy hats. Technicoat Companies and Kalitta Motorsports began their marketing partnership near the end of the 2002 NHRA season.

"I'm sure we'll have some fun in our pit area this weekend," Kalitta, a 44-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and 31-time NHRA national event winner, said. "The Cowboys are great. They come out to a lot of events and there's always a good time waiting to happen around them. We're really looking forward to having them as the primary sponsor this weekend and having them and their guests out to the race track to cheer for the Technicoat dragster."

Kalitta, a 12-year NHRA veteran, and his team won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., in early February. It was Kalitta's first trip to the winner's circle since the fall of 2007. Kalitta has finished in the top ten in Full Throttle Top Fuel championship points in every season of his drag racing career. He is currently in 7th place (204) in Full Throttle championship points, 113 points behind the leader.

Also, beginning at this weekend's event in Las Vegas, the competition number for Kalitta's rail ride will be displayed throughout the remainder of the season as "50" to commemorate team owner Connie Kalitta's 50 years in NHRA drag racing this year.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta
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