Doug Kalitta's dragster will sport new look in Gainesville

Mac Tools and Doug Kalitta team with custom car creators West Coast Customs on special paint scheme for NHRA event in Gainesville Ypsilanti, Mich., Mar. 10, 2005 - West Coast Customs, the self-proclaimed "Kingz of Customs", will have some of...

Mac Tools and Doug Kalitta team with custom car creators West Coast Customs on special paint scheme for NHRA event in Gainesville

Ypsilanti, Mich., Mar. 10, 2005 - West Coast Customs, the self-proclaimed "Kingz of Customs", will have some of their handy-work and radical imagery ride on the body panels of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta by way of a special, one-off paint scheme at the upcoming Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, March 17-20.

The crew from West Coast Customs hosts the wildly-popular show Pimp My Ride on MTV. In each episode, they take a lucky viewer's dilapidated auto and transform it into a customized piece of rolling artwork, complete with everything from a set of Mac Tools in the trunk to DVD players in the dash. The West Coast Customs team, based in Los Angeles, Calif., are pioneers of many new techniques and technologies. Much of their work is done for the first time, built to an application, need or desire. They can create just about anything for a custom vehicle for anyone.

"The car looks very cool," Doug Kalitta said. "I've never seen a custom scheme quite like this one before. I think NHRA fans and fans of their show will really like this. You can even see some of the cars they have customized in the design. It looks great."

Doug, two-time Top Fuel championship points runner-up (2003-2004), will forgo his normal bright red and flame-adorned Mac Tools colors on his Ypsilanti, Mich., based Kalitta Motorsports Top Fueler for this special, one-time-only design in Gainesville.

The Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals is the third of 23 national events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

About Mac Tools

Mac Tools was conceived in 1938 as the Mechanics Tool and Forge Company by seven men with the common goal to manufacture the finest tools in the world. Mac's philosophy of excellent quality, price and service remains unchanged over the years, and the company spirit that made them successful in 1938, is the same spirit that makes them a leader in the automotive tool and equipment business today.

To support the growing needs of technicians, Mac Tools provides a variety of over 8000 products, from wrenches, ratchets, and screwdrivers to diesel and heavy-duty equipment. They also offer power and auto body tools, electronic testing and diagnostic equipment, shop equipment and tool storage units along with introducing hundreds of new products every year. Mac Tools has advanced manufacturing plants across America, plus distribution centers in Columbus and in Northampton, England.

At Mac Tools, the objective is about earning business.one customer at a time. It's about building relationships and fostering business partnerships that will last long into the future. To learn more about Mac Tools, call 1-800-MAC-TOOL or visit the web at www.mactools.com.

About Kalitta Motorsports

Based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Kalitta Motorsports is the only full-time three-car Top Fuel drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) POWERade Drag Racing Series. The racing operation was started in 1959 by now legendary drag racer and team owner Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta. His son Scott Kalitta drives the Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster. Scott's cousin, Connie's nephew, Doug Kalitta drives the flagship dragster for Mac Tools. Native Australian David Grubnic drives the third dragster under the banner of Zantrex-3.

Connie serves as crew chief for all three Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Rahn Tobler (Mac Tools dragster), Jim Oberhofer (Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster) and Jon Oberhofer (Zantrex-3 dragster).

Associate sponsors on all three race cars include Red Line Oil, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies and Fischer Honda.

-www.kalittaracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic , Scott Kalitta , Jim Oberhofer , Jesse James