Baytown, TX – Shawn Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel team made the most of every round of racing during the NHRA SpringNationals. The 2013 NHRA Top Fuel world champion and reigning U. S. Nationals champion qualified No. 7 and grabbed a first round win on Sunday morning before the rains moved in and forced all the teams to wait an extra day to complete the race at Houston Raceway Park.
The first round race was a rematch of the Gatornationals final round where Langdon came up just short against rookie Josh Hart. It was all Langdon yesterday as Hart grenaded his engine as soon as he hit the throttle and Langdon cruised to an easy first round win. Langdon got the jump off the starting line with a .048 reaction time. The win moved Langdon to the quarterfinals and a race against No. 13 qualifier Justin Ashley.
Today under cloudy but dry conditions Langdon rolled to the starting line against Ashley almost 20 hours after they were originally schedule to square off. Both of these drivers are tops in the Top Fuel category when it comes to average reaction time and Langdon was off the line first with another .040 light, more precisely a .046 reaction time, to give the DHL Kalitta Air dragster enough of a jump to win the race on a hole shot. Langdon lit up the scoreboard with a slower 3.797 second elapsed time against Ashley’s 3.781 second run but his starting line advantage proved to be the difference for the round win.
Baytown, TX – Doug Kalitta and the Mobil 1 TRD team raced to their second runner-up finish of the 2021 NHRA Camping World season and it was the fourth race out of five Kalitta Motorsports had a race car in either the Top Fuel or Funny Car final round. The team opened the season with dual finalist at the Gatornationals with Kalitta’s teammate Shawn Langdon posting a runner-up and J.R. Todd winning the Funny Car title. Kalitta raced to his first runner-up at the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals earlier this season. Last weekend Todd was the runner-up at the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals.
On race day yesterday Kalitta was in the last pair of Top Fuel dragsters as the No. 9 qualifier facing No. 6 qualifier Brittany Force. He watched has his teammate Langdon advanced to the second round and moments before his Mobil 1 TRD dragster was set to fire up rain moved in and never left the Houston Raceway Park property forcing the NHRA to postpone the completion of the first round and the race to Monday.
Kalitta and Force were the first pair of race cars to go down the track and it was all Kalitta for the win. His Mobil 1 TRD dragster made an impressive 3.765 second run even though it lost power just before the finish line. In the quarterfinals facing another former world champion, Antron Brown, Kalitta’s team put their Mac Tools to good use setting his race car up to post another stellar run in the 3.7s. This time a 3.77 8 second pass, to easily outrun a tire-smoking Brown. The second round win set up a race against teammate Shawn Langdon in the semifinals.
YPSILANTI, MI – At the beginning of the 2021 NHRA season Revchem Composites announced it was extending its relationship with Kalitta Motorsports starting at the 52nd annual NHRA Gatornationals. As the season advances to its fifth race of the season Revchem Composites, one of the leading composite distribution companies in the United States, is increasing their branding presence on Shawn Langdon’s DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster to include branding on the highly visible rear wing.
“Revchem Composites wanted to use our race cars as an even bigger platform to promote their brand so we are excited to help them with higher visibility on-car branding with the rear wing of the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster,” said Chad Head, General Manager Kalitta Motorsports. “As I said last year when this relationship started, the biggest advantage we see is how well our core values align. Both our organizations are built on increased productivity and excellence. Raising their profile on these two race cars is another big step forward.”
Revchem Composites, which is celebrated its 46th anniversary this month, has a wide range of applications and business interests that stretch from aerospace and military applications to movies, marine, surf, and the sports industries. As a family-owned and operated business, Revchem Composites has been an active exhibitor at SEMA and PRI for many years, so the affiliation with Kalitta Motorsports was a natural extension of that history.
Ferguson Facilities Supply Starts Four Race Branding, Entertainment Program in Houston
YPSILANTI, MI – Multi-time drag racing world championship winning team Kalitta Motorsports will kick-off a four-race entertainment and hospitality partnership with Ferguson Facilities Supply, a division of Ferguson, the largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, PVF, waterworks and fire and fabrication products, this weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. The partnership will include activation as well as Purell and ECOLAB branding at three additional national events, the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and the NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas which are all key markets for Ferguson.
“We announced this marketing partnership last year and we are excited to begin hosting guests from Ferguson Facilities Supply this weekend in Houston,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager. “In addition to the hospitality, we are branding J.R. Todd’s Funny Car and Shawn Langdon’s Top Fuel dragster with their partners Purell and ECOLAB. Our goal is to put all our partners in the best position to grow their businesses. Ferguson Facilities Supply is a great addition, and we are looking forward to expanding their customer base in 2021.”
Baytown, TX – The DHL Toyota Funny Car team led by J.R. Todd is cruising into the NHRA Spring Nationals with a dominant nitro Funny Car and the confidence of a team on the move up the point standings. Last weekend Todd and his team raced to a runner-up finish at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals after starting the event at the No. 4 qualifier. They posted some of the quickest times in qualifying and then backed it up on race day racing to the final quad before just being edged out for Todd’s first four-wide win in North Carolina to go with his two four-wide wins in Las Vegas.
“We were right there in the final round in Charlotte,” said Todd, who is currently No. 2 in the point standings. “It was a tough final four with John Force, Cruz Pedregon and my Toyota and Mobil 1 teammate Alexis DeJoria. There was a lot of horsepower on the starting line for sure. I was happy to get as far as we did and I think we are off to a great start this season so far.”
Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car team opened the season with a win at the historic Gatornationals. The win added Todd’s name to an exclusive club of Funny Car drivers that have won all four NHRA “Majors” (Winternationals, Gatornationals, U.S. Nationals and World Finals) and won a Funny Car world championship. While Todd isn’t chasing history he can appreciate what that accomplishment means to get the season started.
Baytown, TX – Shawn Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel team will be looking for their first win in the Lone Star State when the Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park get underway this weekend. The Gatornationals runner-up and reigning U.S. Nationals champion will be looking to go one more round than his previous best finish in Houston, a runner-up in 2013. That was the season Langdon dominated the tour on the way to his Top Fuel world championship.
“We got off to a strong start this year at the Gatornationals and have really been right in the mix of things,” said Langdon. “We are fourth in the points right now and getting a win in Houston would help our cause for sure.”
Prior to last weekend’s Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster raced to the semifinals at the Southern Nationals. While the performance numbers were not dominant the team did what it needed to do to pick up two important round wins and almost grabbed third in a close semifinal loss to points leader Steve Torrence.
Baytown, TX – Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a special Mobil 1 TRD Top Fuel dragster this weekend at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. The technical alliance partners will raise their profile with Kalitta Motorsports, the multi-time world championship drag racing team, as they continue to work together to develop next-generation Mobil 1 synthetic lubricants to improve engine and gearbox performance. Kalitta’s crew will also sport Mobil 1 TRD uniform shirts and he will be in a special Mobil 1 TRD firesuit for the race.
“Mobil 1 and TRD are a major part of our success on and off the track,” said Kalitta. “The dragster looks amazing and we are looking forward to showing it off at the Spring Nationals in a couple days. We are going to have a lot of Mobil 1 guests at the race so it will be a busy and exciting weekend.”
Kalitta’s performance this season has been steady with a runner-up finish at the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals as the highlight of the first four races. At the season opening Gatornationals the perennial championship contender qualified No. 4 and raced to the quarterfinals in the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. The 49-time Top Fuel winner is celebrating 20 seasons with Mac Tools and throughout the season the team will be highlighting some of his significant moments.