Kalitta Motorsports, Grubnic sponsor adds events

Red Line Oil and Kalitta Motorsports team up for more NHRA events; David Grubnic to drive Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster in Brainerd, Memphis and Chicago Ypsilanti, Mich., Aug. 11, 2004 - Originally, Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster driver...

Red Line Oil and Kalitta Motorsports team up for more NHRA events; David Grubnic to drive Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster in Brainerd, Memphis and Chicago

Ypsilanti, Mich., Aug. 11, 2004 - Originally, Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster driver "Aussie Dave" Grubnic was planning on driving his specially painted Red Line Oil dragster at the previous NHRA event in Sonoma and at the Chicago event later this fall. But due to his exciting inaugural success of reaching the final round in his new digs in Sonoma, Red Line Oil, the industry leader in high performance synthetic lubricants, has decided to stay on board Grubnic's 330-mph hot rod for a while longer.

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, California-based Red Line Oil will now provide primary sponsorship for Grubnic's Team Kalitta entry at this weekend's NHRA national event in Brainerd, Minn., next weekend's event in Memphis, Tenn., and, as originally planned, the Chicago event, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3. Grubnic's 7,000+ horsepower rail will accompany Kalitta Motorsports' two other Top Fuel entries driven by cousins Doug and Scott Kalitta at all three events.

Red Line Oil president Tim Kerrigan was so impressed by Grubnic's Red Line Oil/Kalitta Motorsports team at Sonoma that it easily prompted him to continue their great partnership for the aforementioned events and possibly beyond.

"David Grubnic and the entire team provided us with unbelievable results at Sonoma, so we're going to run as many races as possible for the rest of the season.

"We need to thank everyone at Kalitta Motorsports and especially Connie Kalitta for providing this sponsorship opportunity. Our employees, customers and dealers feel that David Grubnic, Doug Kalitta and Scott Kalitta are great drivers to represent our products."

Red Line Oil also provides associate sponsorship on Doug's Mac Tools dragster and Scott's Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster.

"It's really fantastic that Red Line Oil is going to keep riding with us," Grubnic said. "They are a great group of people and they really enjoy watching us take their name into competition and hopefully doing well. Their support for our whole team and for drag racing is wonderful. I hope we can do as well at all of these other events as we did in Sonoma. We want to get our first win soon so we can put the Red Line Oil dragster in the winner's circle for them."

Grubnic, a journeyman Top Fuel driver, is in his first season behind the wheel of the third Kalitta team car. The Brisbane, Australia native has been driving nitro dragsters 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 three final round appearances thus far in 2004 at St. Louis, Seattle and Sonoma. He is currently fourth in NHRA Top Fuel championship points.

About Red Line Oil
Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation, based in Benicia, Calif., manufactures over 80 quality products, including motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives, and its popular WaterWetter cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine, and industrial markets. Contact: Red Line Synthetic Oil Corp., 6100 Egret Ct., Benicia, CA 94510, (707) 745-6100, www.redlineoil.com.

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