Scott Kalitta looking for new beginning in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev., March 26, 2004 -- The 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season has not started the way driver Scott Kalitta and his Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster team had...
Scott Kalitta looking for new beginning in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev., March 26, 2004 -- The 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season has not started the way driver Scott Kalitta and his Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster team had planned. The two-time Top Fuel champ (1994-1995) and 15-time NHRA national event winner has yet to win an elimination round in the first three meets; however, his Kalitta Motorsports teammates David Grubnic, driver of the Kalitta Air dragster, and cousin Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools rail, have had success in almost identically prepared racecars.
The upcoming NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 1-4, will hopefully lend itself to be a fresh start for Kalitta and his wildly-painted hot rod, tuned by his father and drag racing legend Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta.
Kalitta, who posted the fastest quarter-mile lap in NHRA history last season in Dallas at 333.95 mph, is understandably frustrated with his team's uncharacteristic performance so far this year, but the wily veteran knows that drag racing is sometimes a fickle undertaking that can reverse its fortunes as fast as his 7000+ horsepower racecar travels the drag strip.
"We're kind of aggravated here right now," Kalitta said. "It's not like we don't know how to do this. On paper, each one of our cars should run almost exactly the same every time, but racecars have personalities just like people do and sometimes you have to change tiny little things to make sure that your car is happy."
"We stayed till Monday to test in Gainesville, and we found some things that we can tweak that should make our car more persuadable. It's the nature of the game. We'll get it right."
"We want to put the past three races behind us and move on. [Las] Vegas is a great track. We could leave with more wins than losses (rounds), so nobody is panicking yet."
All three Kalitta Motorsports dragsters will begin qualifying Friday, April 2.