YPSILANTI, Mich. (August 23, 2016) – Jim “O” Oberhofer is pleased to announce the establishment of The Tammy O Foundation, celebrating the life of his wife, Tammy “O” Oberhofer, who lost her battle with cancer on June 18th, 2013.
The Tammy O Foundation will be a donor-advised fund that will donate funds raised from the purchases of Jim O’s book, Top Fuel for Life. The charity will send funds to organizations that were very close to Tammy O’s heart, including BRAKES, Pandas International, Racers for Christ, DRAW and Infinite Hero Foundation. Funds from the Tammy O Foundation will continue to be available based on NHRA fans continuing to purchase Top Fuel for Life, which can be purchased through the Team Kalitta website, trackside at the Patrón merchandise hauler or on amazon.com.
“I thought about doing my own 501-3c,” said Oberhofer, “But I wanted to do this the right way. This allows me to be able to donate to things that I know Tammy would have wanted me to donate to. Ashley O and I have made a list and we are going to continue to support as many people as we can.”
The logo highlights one of Tammy O’s favorite things, pandas, and was designed by legendary motorsports artist Kenny Youngblood. The Tammy O Foundation logo will be run on all four Team Kalitta machines driven by Alexis DeJoria, Del Worsham, Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd starting in Indianapolis.
“Tammy was very close to Kenny’s wife, Terri, and thought the world of Kenny’s work,” said Oberhofer. “I knew he was the perfect person to design a logo for her foundation.”
Tammy O was a beloved member of the Team Kalitta and NHRA families and worked for Kalitta Motorsports for over 20 years, first as the team’s Public Relations representative, before taking over as office manager.
The Tammy O Foundation logo design was done by Kenny Youngblood.
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
Q1: 3.856 sec. at 326.71 MPH
Q2: 3.872 sec. at 329.34 MPH
Q3: 6.010 sec. at 133.54 MPH
Q4: 7.362 sec. at 91.76 MPH
Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Best in the first session, second-best in the second session)
Starting Position: 2nd
First Round Matchup: Bob Bode
Quotable: "Bummer to lose the top spot, but we know where the line is tomorrow. I look forward to competing in my 500th career start tomorrow, and hopefully earning these DHL Toyota guys a race win."
Notes: Tomorrow will be Worsham's 500th career raceday start.
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.782 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q2: 4.381 sec. at 182.43 MPH
Q3: 3.704 sec. at 331.20 MPH
Q4: 3.738 sec. at 327.11 MPH
Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second-best of the third session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Morgan Lucas
Quotable: "Some solid passes this weekend in qualifying for the Mac Tools Red Line Oil Toyota team. Conditions are prime for some good runs tomorrow, and I look forward to eliminations."
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.781 sec. at 322.65 MPH
Q2: 7.785 sec. at 93.59 MPH
Q3: 3.734 sec. at 326.24 MPH
Q4: 3.748 sec. at 325.06 MPH
Bonus Points: 1 pts. (Third best of the first session)
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Worsham earns first Brainerd win
Worsham had a very busy weekend in Brainerd with the opportunity to earn two wins and a special milestone.
The special milestone, his 500th career race-day start, was clinched with a stellar 3.856 second pass in the first session of qualifying. That was part of Worsham's Friday that included earning five of six bonus points possible.
The rematch of the Seattle final did not go Worsham's way as the DHL Camry lost traction early, but the team did not get down and looked for another shot on Sunday.
Worsham's outstanding first day pass allowed him to start in the second position and a Bob Bode first round matchup. Bode, who got the Wally at this race five seasons ago, struck the tires at the hit, giving the easy win to Worsham. A second round pairing against Tim Wilkerson was also done at the tree as Wilkerson turned on the red light.
With live TV, the DHL Yella Fellas were faced with a tight turnaround, but they got it done and made it to the line against Courtney Force. Force took a shot at the tree, but was up in smoke soon after and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car was true straight down the track. That round win gave Worsham his first career Brainerd Nationals final round appearance and back-to-back finals for the first time since last season.
His opponent was Matt Hagan, who started from the no.1 qualifying spot on Sunday. Hagan and Worsham left together, but that was the last time they were side-by-side. Hagan lit the tires, and Worsham was right down the strip to score his first win of the season and first win in Brainerd. It is his 31st career Funny Car win and 39th overall in his career on his 500th career raceday start.
Qualified: No. 2 (3.856 sec., 326.71 mph)
Quotable: "What an incredible day. Being able to come back to win today is awesome. I am so proud of this DHL, Toyota, Red Line Oil team. They worked incredibly hard this weekend. Brainerd is one of my favorite races, and to be able to finally get a win here is perfect. We are getting a good handle on this DHL Toyota Camry and I am really excited for the Countdown."
Point Standings: Third (-221); trails with second-place Courtney Force by 6 points, leads fourth-place Jack Beckman by 46 points
Kalitta takes a Brainerd round win
Race Recap: Kalitta came to Brainerd looking for redemption. After two first round losses on the Western Swing, Kalitta was looking for some round wins in Minnesota.
Kalitta's second day of qualifying was his best as he recorded an 3.704 second pass in the third round of qualifying and solidified Kalitta's spot in the top half of the field; something he has done at every race this season.
In the first round, it was an intramural battle between Team Kalitta and Morgan Lucas Racing. Kalitta was the second pair, and had the team owner, Morgan Lucas. Kalitta was stellar on the tree, and beat Lucas to ever increment to earn the first round win.
However, Kalitta's day ended much to early. In the second round, he was away first on Brittany Force, but the Mac Tools ride encountered issues downtick yielding the round win to Force, who later picked up the Brainerd Nationals win.
Qualified: No. 6 (3.704 sec., 331.20 mph)
Quotable: "Was looking for more than a round win this weekend, but we are confident in what we have learned. I am excited to get to the U.S. Nationals and see what we have for the field."
Point Standings: Second (-167); trails first-place Antron Brown by 167 points, leads third-place Steve Torrence by 41 points
Todd earns sixth straight first round win
Race Recap: After an incredibly solid run on the Western Swing by leading the Top Fuel class in round wins, Todd and the SealMaster team made their way to Brainerd, Minnesota for the historic Brainerd Nationals.
The qualifying effort started the right way with Todd and his SealMaster team earning bonus points in the first session. However, due to tire smoke in the prime conditions on Friday evening, Todd slipped back to the 10th starting position and a tough round one draw with Richie Crampton, whom Todd has faced three of the last four weeks.
Todd and Crampton were the last pair in round one. Todd was prepared at the tree, recording the low reaction time of round one, and drove straight to the finish line, earning his sixth consecutive first round win.
His streak of five straight semi-finals or better did end, however, after Shawn Langdon was able to drive around Todd when the SealMaster dragster encountered problems in the second round.
Qualified: No. 10 (3.734 sec., 326.24 mph)
Quotable: "Tough finish to the weekend for the SealMaster Toyota team. Never like to hurt parts and lose. We are excited to head to the Indy test and hopefully learn some things that we can transfer to the U.S. Nationals and the Countdown.
Point Standings: Sixth (-426); trails fifth-place Tony Schumacher by 119 points, leads seventh-place Shawn Langdon by 30 points Quotable: "The SealMaster Toyota guys were looking for more than that on the last pass, but it was not meant to be. We have a tough first round draw, but we will go to the line and do our best for hopefully four rounds of racing in Brainerd tomorrow."
Top Fuel (Unofficial)
1. Antron Brown (1301)
2. Doug Kalitta (1201)
3. Steve Torrence (1177)
4. Brittany Force (1044)
5. Tony Schumacher (1036)
6. J.R. Todd (960)
7. Shawn Langdon (888)
8. Richie Crampton (806)
8. Clay Millican (770)
10. Leah Pritchett (604)
Funny Car (Unofficial)
1. Ron Capps (1313)
2. Courtney Force (1124)
3. Jack Beckman (1088)
4. Del Worsham (1070)
5. Matt Hagan (1011)
6. Robert Hight (988)
7. John Force (970)
8. Tommy Johnson Jr. (940)
9. Tim Wilkerson (862)
10. Alexis DeJoria (765)