YPSILANTI, Mich. (August 27, 2015) - Kalitta Motorsports, in partnership with DEWALT and Mac Tools, are pleased to announce the extension of the DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials initiative to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Championship contender Doug Kalitta will run the DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials scheme during the biggest event on the NHRA schedule: the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
“I am honored to fly the colors of DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials during NHRA’s biggest weekend,” said Kalitta. “Both DEWALT and Mac Tools do a lot to employ American workers, and it is awesome to be able to highlight this program, especially on Labor Day weekend.”
With the expansion of the nearby Greenfield, Ind. facility, DEWALT now has seven manufacturing facilities across the United States. In 2014, DEWALT made approximately 62 million units of individual products in the United States with global materials. Approximately 500 new jobs have been created to make these products. DEWALT also has a strong connection with the U.S. military; they currently employ over 1,000 former service members.
On Wednesday, September 2nd, the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster will transform into the DEWALT Made in the USA with Global Materials Top Fuel dragster on the Greenfield, Ind., shop floor starting at 3 pm EST as it’s wrapped with its vinyl design right in the heart of the facility.
The celebration will continue Friday, September 4th, at 4 pm EST, as DEWALT will spotlight its partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). With guests of the organization looking on, DEWALT executives will unveil a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle that will be auctioned off later this year at the Barrett-Jackson auction. Proceeds of the auction will be donated to support WWP. Media is again welcome and encouraged to attend the unveiling trackside at Indianapolis Raceway Park within the Mac Tools/Kalitta Hospitality.
Kalitta, who currently holds a top five position in the point standings, will take the DEWALT Made in the USA with Global Materials Top Fuel dragster to the track for the first time on Friday, September 4th, at 7pm EST for the first of five qualifying sessions. Kalitta and his team will also be a part of the Traxxas Shootout which runs on Saturday, September 5th. Final eliminations for the U.S. Nationals begin on Monday, September 7th, at 11:00 am EST.
About Wounded Warrior Project:
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and cordless power tools, power tool accessories, and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.
With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced approximately 62 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2014 alone.
DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on Facebook and Twitter.
About Kalitta Motorsports:
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.
Del Worsham drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Team Kalitta. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as the head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, by Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Optima Batteries, Patrón XO Café Incendio, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.
Mello Yello Championship Points:
Top Fuel (Unofficial)
1. Tony Schumacher (1348)
2. Antron Brown (1335)
3. Richie Crampton (1093)
4. Larry Dixon (1086)
5. Doug Kalitta (956)
6. Shawn Langdon (951)
7. Brittany Force (943)
8. J.R. Todd (929)
9. Steve Torrence (891)
10. Spencer Massey (888)
Funny Car (Unofficial)
1. Jack Beckman (1279)
2. Matt Hagan (1229)
3. Tommy Johnson Jr. (1178)
4. John Force (1084)
5. Del Worsham (1037)
6. Ron Capps (1020)
7. Tim Wilkerson (962)
8. Robert Hight (915)
9. Cruz Pedregon (884)
10. Alexis DeJoria (856)