NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta fishing for a win in Seattle KENT, Wash., (July 18, 2006) -- To repay the loyalty of three of their devoted associate sponsors, NHRA's Kalitta Motorsports is giving longtime associate sponsors Technicoat...
NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta fishing for a win in Seattle
KENT, Wash., (July 18, 2006) -- To repay the loyalty of three of their devoted associate sponsors, NHRA's Kalitta Motorsports is giving longtime associate sponsors Technicoat Companies, Fischer Honda, and Red Line Oil primary sponsorship signage on the normally Kalitta Air-decorated race car free of charge for one event each during the NHRA's Western Swing in Denver, Seattle, and Sonoma, Calif.
This weekend's, July 21-23, running of the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle marks the second event of the Western Swing and the Kalitta Motorsports Associate Sponsor Appreciation Swing. Kalitta's 7,000 horsepower, nitro-fueled flopper will be adorned with primary sponsorship for Fischer Honda for the weekend event in the Seattle.
"I think this is a great way to reward our associate sponsors," Kalitta said. "Each one of these companies, and all of our associate sponsors, are terrific to work with, and I can't think of any that I don't consider some of the folks involved with that company to be friends with as well.
"Rick Fischer (owner of Fischer Honda) has been a friend and sponsor for a long time. He comes to every race and does many things for me and our whole Kalitta Motorsports team. I'm glad we've got this chance to give something back to him and Fischer Honda."
Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., and 25-year drag racing veteran, made the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car this season. Scott has one NHRA national event win in his career in nitro Funny Car and that was at the Houston event in 1989 while driving with a broken left foot. In Top Fuel, Scott scored two world championships (1994-1995) and 17 NHRA national event wins.
Fischer Honda, based in Ypsilanti, Mich., is one of Eastern Michigan's leading Honda (car) dealerships. Owner Rick Fischer attends every NHRA national event and serves as the dragster and driver presentation specialist on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team. Fischer is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth and a white towel in his hand ready to polish the bright red entry driven by Doug Kalitta. Fischer Honda joined Kalitta Motorsports in 1994.
The Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals begins Friday, July 21, for the Funny Car class with two qualifying sessions at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (PT). Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at noon and 3:00 p.m. The top sixteen qualified cars will race Sunday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.