Kalitta Motorsports adds Rahn as tuner

Kalitta Motorsports adds three-time championship tuner Rahn Tobler to Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 29, 2003 -- When three-time NHRA national champion and drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney announced that 2003 would...

Kalitta Motorsports adds three-time championship tuner Rahn Tobler to Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team

Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 29, 2003 -- When three-time NHRA national champion and drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney announced that 2003 would be her final season driving a Top Fuel dragster, her husband and crew chief Rahn Tobler knew that he was not quite ready to stop doing what he has done for almost three decades -- tuning an 8,000 horsepower, 330-mph Top Fuel nitro rocket. Fortunately for him and Kalitta Motorsports, he will get an opportunity to go after his fourth national championship without missing a beat.

When the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour begins in Pomona next February, Tobler will assume the responsibilities as co-crew chief for the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta. The current co-crew chief on the Mac Tools dragster, Jim Oberhofer, will take over the reigns as co-crew chief on the newly formed Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster team with driver Scott Kalitta. Both Kalitta Motorsports racecars will be overseen by crew chief and team owner Connie Kalitta.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Mac Tools dragster team next year," said Tobler. "It is a great opportunity for me to join a championship caliber team and continue to do what I love doing. Connie approached me after the race in Gainesville this season and asked if I would be interested in the job if he were to add another car to his team. When the second car became a reality, I was offered the job and gladly accepted. This is a great team, and Doug is a great driver. I am looking forward to the challenges and the possibilities of winning championships with the Mac Tools dragster team."

Tobler will continue as crew chief for Muldowney at her final NHRA races (Chicago, Las Vegas, Pomona) in 2003 including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals currently underway in Indianapolis.

"Rahn will make a great addition to our team," Connie said. "He has experience from all sides of drag racing. He has been a crew chief, owner and team manager for Shirley. He knows the ins and outs of this deal. He's a great tuner and we are happy to have him on board."

Oberhofer also sees the addition of Tobler and his subsequent move to the Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster as a great chance to advance the Kalitta Motorsports team to the next level -- the NHRA Top Fuel championship.

"I am excited about the future of our team," Oberhofer said. "Rahn and Doug are going to work well together. I can already tell by the rapport they have and their mutual respect for one another."

"I have known Scott for twenty years. We get along great and work well together also. Everything is falling into place for us to get both cars to the level we want them. Ultimately, we want to win championships, and now we have the necessary ingredients to do just that."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Doug Kalitta , Scott Kalitta , Jim Oberhofer , Connie Kalitta , Jesse James