Red Line Oil and Kalitta Motorsports team up for upcoming Sonoma and Chicago NHRA events; David Grubnic to drive Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster Ypsilanti, Mich., July 26, 2004 - In celebration of their 25th anniversary, California-based Red Line...
Red Line Oil and Kalitta Motorsports team up for upcoming Sonoma and Chicago NHRA events; David Grubnic to drive Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster
Ypsilanti, Mich., July 26, 2004 - In celebration of their 25th anniversary, California-based Red Line Oil, the industry leader in high performance synthetic lubricants, and Kalitta Motorsports are excited to announce a two-event primary sponsorship agreement for the upcoming Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., July 30 - Aug.1, and the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., near Chicago, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3. The specially painted, 7,000 + horsepower Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster will be piloted by Team Kalitta driver David "Aussie Dave" Grubnic. It will accompany Kalitta Motorsports' two other Top Fuel entries driven by cousins Doug and Scott Kalitta at both events.
"We need to thank everyone at Kalitta Motorsports and especially Connie Kalitta for providing this sponsorship opportunity," said Red Line Oil president Tim Kerrigan. "To increase our program in our 25th anniversary year is special, but to debut the car at our home race is even better. Our employees, customers, and dealers feel that David Grubnic, Doug Kalitta, and Scott Kalitta are great drivers to represent our products. It should be a great weekend and the upcoming race in Chicago should provide for a strong outing, too."
"This is such a great partnership," Grubnic said. "Red Line Oil has been involved with Kalitta Motorsports for several years now, and it's really fantastic that we are able to run these two races under their banner. Their support for our team and our sport is tremendous. This is just another step in the right direction for both of us."
Grubnic, a journeyman Top Fuel driver, is in his first season behind the wheel of the third Kalitta team car. The native of Brisbane, Australia, has been driving nitro rails in the United States since 1995. He has been No.1 qualifier four times this season at consecutive events in Phoenix and Gainesville and again at consecutive events in Atlanta and Chicago. He has made two final round appearances thus far in 2004 at St. Louis and Seattle. He is currently fifth in NHRA Top Fuel championship points.