NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta moving forward with new Toyota race car in Reading READING, Penn., (Sept. 12, 2006) -- NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the newly christened Kalitta Air Toyota Solara ...
NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta moving forward with new Toyota race car in Reading
READING, Penn., (Sept. 12, 2006) -- NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the newly christened Kalitta Air Toyota Solara nitro-fueled Funny Car, is optimistic that this weekend's, Sept. 14-17, annual running of the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., will yield even more performance highlights for him, his team and his new Toyota ride.
Kalitta and his Kalitta Air team debuted the 2007 Toyota Solara Funny Car body to the drag racing world at the previous NHRA event in Indianapolis two weeks ago with tremendous success. Kalitta set career best Funny Car performance marks for elapsed time, 4.761 seconds, and for speed, 322.11 mph, in Indy. Now, he and his 7,000-horsepower entry head to Reading looking for even more quarter-mile milestones.
"The new Toyota is making huge strides for us," Kalitta said. "Just like anything, we had a couple of growing pains with the new body when we first got to Indy, but we tweaked some things here and there and by race day it was doing what we knew it could do. We're very pleased and hope we can continue moving forward with our new Solara."
Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., made the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car this season. Scott has one NHRA national event win in his career in nitro Funny Car and that was at the Houston event in 1989 while driving with a broken left foot. In Top Fuel, Scott scored two POWERade world championships (1994-1995) and 17 NHRA national event wins.
Kalitta won the Reading event in Top Fuel in his back-to-back championship seasons of 1994 and 1995.