Based in Ypsilanti, Michigan for over 60 Years!
"The Bounty Hunter."
Connie Kalitta is recognized as one of the most successful professional drag racers and crew chiefs in the Top Fuel class of the NHRA. In fact, it was his winnings in drag racing that enabled him to purchase the Cessna 310 that started him in the airline business. Kalitta was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in June of 1992 for his tremendous contribution to the sport. He has won five world championships and has set the world’s speed record on more than one occasion. Although not currently in the driver’s seat, he is the team owner and crew chief of two NHRA Top Fuel dragster teams and an NHRA Funny Car team. In 2016 Kalitta was the recipient of the first-ever NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Kalitta was presented with an award by the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame recognizing him for operating one of the most successful Top Fuel and Funny Car teams in NHRA history over a period of six decades.
All told, Connie Kalitta won 10 NHRA national events between 1967 and 1994 and appeared in 22 finals between 1963 and 1996. Kalitta drove as recently as 1999 and posted lifetime bests of 4.58 and 314 mph. Today he is 63 and still runs the Mac Tools Top Fuel program of nephew Doug Kalitta as an owner who races with corporate backing but has the personal resources to compete at the sport’s highest level without it.
” I guess you could say I always did things my way. “
44 Career Wins.
Doug Kalitta is one of the most successful Top Fuel drivers in the history of the NHRA. Since 1998 he has finished No. 2 in the points five times and has finished in the Top Ten for 24 consecutive seasons. This season Kalitta will once again pilot the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster with a new compliment of crew chiefs including world champion tuners Alan Johnson, Brian Husen and Ronnie Thompson. In 1998 he joined the NHRA, becoming a Top Fuel drag racer. Kalitta finished second in the Top Fuel points race in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016 and most recently 2020 when he finished three points behind the eventual champion. He is fifth on the all-time Top Fuel wins list; the most recent of his 49 victories (Kalitta also has 107 career final round appearances) came in winning at the Midwest Nationals in St. Louis in Pomona in 2020. In 2019 he won the prestigious U.S. Nationals for the first time. He has recorded 50 No. 1 qualifiers in his career.
Kalitta formerly raced in USAC events. He was the 1991 USAC rookie of the year in the midget series and won the 1994 championship in the sprint car category. Kalitta won 21 USAC events: 14 in midget races and 7 in sprint competitions. Kalitta has a wife, Josie Kalitta, a son Mitchell, and a daughter Avery. He is the nephew of Connie Kalitta, a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He owns and operates the airline Kalitta Charters.
“It’s very competitive out here and I’m a tenacious guy,”
Native of Mira Loma, CA
Shawn Langdon will once again be driving the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster that will be tuned by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta, Kurt Elliott and Jason McCulloch. Langdon has fifteen Tpo Fuel victories and two Funny Car wins to his credit including an additional 17 Top Fuel runner-up finishes. He has 19 No. 1 qualifiers and has won over 300 rounds of racing in his career.
Langdon chose a career in drag racing over baseball when the high schooler from Mira Loma, Calif., turned down a number of college baseball scholarship offers to pursue his dream on the track. He had already made a name for himself, winning the Jr. Dragster national title at age 14 in 1997. Ten years later he was capturing back-to-back Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp national titles in 2007 and 2008 in the highly competitive sportsman ranks. Since 2013 Langdon has picked up six additional Top Fuel national event wins. In 2018 he switched to Funny Car racing a Toyota Camry for Kalitta Motorsports and in 2019 he collected two wins making him just the 17th racer to collect wins in both Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. Langdon has finished in the Top Ten thirteen consecutive seasons, every year of his professional career. In his spare time he enjoys racing big money bracket races, playing golf and bowling.
“From the first round to the final, we’ve made some really strong runs.”
Native of Mira Loma, CA
Heading into the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing season 2018 NHRA Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd will be looking to claim his second NHRA Funny Car world championship. Todd picked up his 19th career national event win at the 2021 season opening Gatornationals and raced to his eighth consecutive Top Ten finish last season. He will be behind the wheel of the Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer tuned brand new DHL Toyota GR Supra Funny Car. Todd began his drag racing career at the age of 10 in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League. From 1993-98 Todd competed against some of the toughest young drag racing talent across the country. Prior to Jr. Drag Racing he rode four-wheelers and dirt bikes following in the tire tracks of his father Mario. He eventually moved up to compete in Super Comp and attended Frank Hawley’s Top Alcohol Dragster school before earning his Top Fuel license at the age of 18 in 2000, one week after graduating from Lawrenceburg (IN) High School.
Todd picked up two wins in his first year driving the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car including the prestigious U.S. Nationals contested Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis. The following season Todd won the U.S. Nationals again as well as six total races on the way to his first NHRA Funny Car world championship. Todd raced to five final rounds in the six-race NHRA Countdown to secure the championship. Todd has nineteen career national event wins including nine Top Fuel titles and ten Funny Car wins. He has also qualified No. 1 fourteen times in his career. In his spare time he enjoys bowling, watching sprint car races and attending sporting events.
“We have a great team and we set the bar high for ourselves.”