The Revchem-backed NHRA team Kalitta Motorsports will be heading to the east coast this weekend, as they gear up for one of the most interesting races of the season: The Pep Boys All-Star Callout. Members of the Revchem staff will also be present, continuing their marketing and technical support sponsorship with Team Kalitta. See the press release below from Kalitta Motorsports for more details on the upcoming event at Gainesville Raceway.
YPSILANTI, MI (March 9, 2022) — Eight of the best Top Fuel racers in the world, including both Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon, will be competing for $130,000 in bonus prize money this weekend in the Pep Boys All-Star Callout event during the NHRA Gatornationals. Two weeks ago, at the Arizona Nationals, the final event to earn Pep Boys Allstar Callout points, Kalitta moved into the No. 7 Allstar position with a No. 1 effort in Phoenix and Langdon slid into the No. 8 Allstar position with his No. 7 qualifying effort at the national event. Friday afternoon in a unique ‘callout” format No. 1 Pep Boys All-Star qualifier Steve Torrence will choose his first round opponent from the seven competitors in the field regardless of qualifying position. Following Torrence the No. 2 qualifier Brittany Force will select from the remaining six drivers unless she is selected by Torrence.
“The callouts will make this a fun event for sure, and you won’t know who you are racing against until the picks are made,” said Langdon, who will be racing the CMR Construction & Roofing Top Fuel dragster this weekend. “I feel good about my position because there is no pressure. As the No. 8 driver I will either get picked or be in the last pair. I am just looking forward to putting on a good show for the fans. There will definitely be some strategy involved for sure.”
Langdon won the 2013 Traxxas Shootout Top Fuel event defeating Steve Torrence in the final. He has appeared in four Top Fuel specialty events in his career with a 5-3 career record. He is 1-0 in final rounds.
In the history of Top Fuel specialty races Doug Kalitta has one of the most successful winning records. He has qualified for nine Budweiser Shootouts and won three of those specialty races which is tied for second on most on the win list. Kalitta has advanced to five final rounds, also tied for second on most final round list. He is one of only three drivers to have won a specialty race final round on a hole shot, over Tony Schumacher in 2003. He also won his first appearance in a specialty race in 1998.
“I love the specialty races going back to the Budweiser Shootout and the Traxxas Shootout,” said Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. “There are seven other really tough drivers in this thing and you will have to be ready if you want to get those three win lights. I am glad Shawn and I made it and we will see what we can do on Saturday.”
The first Top Fuel specialty race was the Cragar/Weld Wheel Top Fuel Classic in 1985. Over the years Top Fuel competitors have had the chance to win bonus cash as part of the Budweiser Top Fuel Classic, the Budweiser Shootout, the Technicoat Shootout and most recently the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout from 2012 – 2017.
Full schedule for the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout (ET):
Friday, March 11:
5:00 p.m. Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout first-round selections.
Saturday, March 12
11:30 a.m. Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout opening ceremony
11:45 a.m. First round for Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout
12:00 p.m. Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout for round two. The winning driver who makes the quickest run in the first round earns the right to select their semifinal opponent.
3:15 p.m. Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout final round
The FOX broadcast network will have complete coverage of the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 12, which will also include live action of the final round.
Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout Final Standings
1. Steve Torrence
2. Brittany Force
3. Mike Salinas
4. Justin Ashley
5. Antron Brown
6. Leah Pruett
7. Doug Kalitta
8. Shawn Langdon
YPSILANTI, MI (February 11, 2022) — Kalitta Motorsports and Revchem Composites are entering the third year of their marketing and technical support sponsorship with the beginning of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, February 18-20, at the NHRA Winternationals. The relationship continually grows as Revchem utilizes Kalitta Motorsports’ VIP hospitality and B2B program to increase brand awareness. As an industry leading composite materials distributor and technical resource Revchem is involved with many industries, from surfing to aerospace and everything in between. They have entertained existing and potential customers in the race team’s VIP hospitality area throughout the racing season across the country. Revchem’s increased branding will be recognizable across all three Kalitta Motorsports racecars during the 2022 season.
“We have seen our relationship grow with Revchem over the past two years. Their sponsorship has helped the Revchem brand become recognized as the composite distributor of choice in the NHRA. We are their primary promotional tool,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports general manager. “We have introduced them to teams and sponsors with the understanding that anyone can utilize their materials in any sport or industry. In addition, their relationship and input with our fab shop have been a huge plus to our technical development.”
Revchem has expanded its customer base with Kalitta Motorsports’ other partners through the twice-a-year B2B events. An example of this cross-over led to their involvement both, on the product and materials sides, with the development and design of the new Toyota GR Supra Funny Car body. They have also helped educate and provide products to the Kalitta Motorsports fabrication department, making the team’s racecars lighter and stronger.
“We are all very excited to begin our third year supporting Kalitta Motorsports. Their commitment to teamwork and winning is truly an inspiration for all involved,” said Pete Pendleton, President of Revchem Composites. “The hospitality and professionalism of Kalitta Motorsports has offered us opportunities to invite our customers to the races. These shared experiences have strengthened our relationships by providing a rare chance to be submerged inside the hive of a winning race team. Our involvement with Kalitta has opened doors for us not only within the NHRA but many other motorsports divisions. As a result, the Revchem Composites brand is recognized nationally and growing with every race.”
Kalitta Motorsports and Revchem Composites will continue to educate fans on the composite’s products integrated into these 330 miles per hour race cars, enhancing performance and safety as the season unfolds. Revchem brings a wealth of knowledge to the NHRA from a diverse customer base and solutions and processes found in the aerospace and watersports industries.
“They’re bringing sexy back.”—Alexis DeJoria, NHRA Funny Car racer
“The final product is as close as possible to a street-legal Supra — and yet it still can run 330 mph in an NHRA event.” —Jenna Fryer Associated Press
“Toyota’s latest Funny Car body is a Supra with a hilarious underbite.”—Steve DaSilva, Jalopnik
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“The Funny Car GR Supra swaps the BMW six-cylinder with a supercharged 8.2-liter V8 that delivers 11,000 horsepower to the giant back wheels…”—Aaron Chow, Hypebeast.com
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Learn more about the 2022 Toyota GR Supra Funny Car.
Revchem Backed Team Kalitta Races To Charlotte Four-Wide Runner-Up Finish
Kalitta Motorsports wrapped up the 11th NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals with J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry grabbing a runner-up finish in front of a packed crowd at zMAX Dragway. The dominance of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car once again made its presence known as Todd took advantage of two days of qualifying to power his Funny Car into the race as the No. 4 Funny Car after posting the quickest run of the final qualifying session.
Today in the opening session Todd squared off against veterans Tim Wilkerson, Terry Haddock and Jim Campbell. The DHL Toyota Camry never trailed in the race as Todd was first off of the line and his Funny Car hit the finish line stripe 3.952 seconds later. The run was almost a carbon copy of his best qualifying effort and showed the consistency of the DHL team.
In the second quad Todd and the DHL Funny car team had their hands full racing against John Force, Mike McIntire and Terry Haddock. Once again Todd grabbed a starting line advantage and the Gatornationals winner advanced to the final quad along with Force who was the event’s No. 1 qualifier. It took the quickest run of the event to get around Todd for the round win.
In the final quad of the event Todd and Force squared off against Toyota teammate Alexis DeJoria and former world champion Cruz Pedregon. Todd, Force and DeJoria left the starting line together and as Todd crossed half-track it was obvious this would be a race between Todd and the 16-time champion. At the finish line Todd came up just 13 feet short at over 327 mph to Force. The DHL Toyota Camry team will head to Houston No. 2 in the Funny Car standings less than a round behind the point leader.
Todd’s teammates Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon battled it out in the Top Fuel ranks representing Revchem Composites on every pass. Doug Kalitta was looking for his first four-wide win at the 11th NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The perennial championship contender won at zMAX Dragway’s fall race in 2017 and he was looking to capture his 50th career Top Fuel victory.
The first quad of racing for Kalitta included the Mac Tools dragster, along with rookie Josh Hart, veteran Billy Torrence and Kyle Wurtzel. It was an impressive first round victory for the Mac Tools dragster as it got to the finish line first with a strong 3.726 second run at 326.08 mph.
The second round quad saw Kalitta joined by Brittany Force, Hart and veteran Clay Millican. Prior to the run Millican bowed out of the quad due to a starting line issue and a trio of dragsters rolled to the starting line. When the tree fired Kalitta’s Mac Tools dragster leapt off the line and was welded beside Hart’s race car. As the pair approached half-track Kalitta’s dragster fell back and slowed to 4.468 seconds. The quarterfinal finished capped his day at the race track.
The DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster and driver Shawn Langdon will leave zMAX Dragway right in the middle of the Top Fuel championship hunt. The Gatornationals finalist and Southern Nationals semifinalist maintained his position as the No. 4 driver in Top Fuel at the conclusion of the 11th NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
The team battled through three rounds of qualifying entering the race as the No. 11 dragster and starting the day in a quad that included Antron Brown, Leah Pruett and rookie Krista Baldwin. Langdon was first off the line and was beginning to pull away when his dragster overpowered the track. The loss of traction opened the door for Brown and Baldwin to advance to the second quad.
Kalitta Motorsports three race cars will be back on track at Houston Raceway Park next weekend representing Revchem Composites.