Sonoma: Scott Kalitta preview

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team look to make 2007 a vintage year with a victory in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif., (July 25, 2007) -- At this weekend's, July 27-29, annual running of the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in the scenic wine...

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team look to make 2007 a vintage year with a victory in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif., (July 25, 2007) -- At this weekend's, July 27-29, annual running of the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in the scenic wine country of Sonoma, Calif., Scott Kalitta, driver of the bright yellow and red, 7,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, is hoping to continue the progress that he and his DHL team have started building toward their first win of 2007.

"We just keep getting better and better," Kalitta, a 45-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., said. "Last week in Seattle was a fluke. The blower belt broke and that cost us a first-round win. Those things happen though. You just have to put it behind you and move on.

"Our car has been going down the race track better almost every time we make a lap now. We have learned a lot as this season has progressed, and I think we're ready to go out there and pick up a Wally (trophy)."

This season the NHRA instituted the new Countdown to the Championship points system. Only the top eight in POWERade points after the first 17 national events will be allowed to vie for the season championship. This weekend's event in Sonoma is the 15th of the season.

Kalitta is currently 16th in POWERade championship points. He is 166 points shy of 8th place.

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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