Baytown: Scott Kalitta preview

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team hoping for high-speed highlights in Houston HOUSTON, (March 26, 2008) -- This weekend's, March 28-30, annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles...

Scott Kalitta and the DHL team hoping for high-speed highlights in Houston

HOUSTON, (March 26, 2008) -- This weekend's, March 28-30, annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles out of the Houston city limits, will bring Scott Kalitta, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, bright yellow and red DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, back to the scene of his victory as a professional drag racer in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Back in 1989, a spry 27-year old Kalitta made his first trip to the Funny Car winner's circle at Houston Raceway Park. Now, the venerable racing veteran is looking to Houston again as the place to pick up another title trophy and his first victor's hardware since his return to the flopper class after several successful campaigns behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster.

"We're certainly ready to get another one," Kalitta, a 46-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., said. "It's been a very long time since we won a Funny Car Wally (trophy), but our DHL team is putting up some solid numbers so far this season, so I feel really good about our chances of winning in Houston.

"The Funny Car class is extremely competitive these days. There are so many teams now that can go out and win on any given weekend. To pick up a win in this day and age would be even more special."

Kalitta is currently in 10th place in 2008 POWERade Funny Car championship points.

-credit: km

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