I hope this week has been good to all of you. Everything has been going well here at Kalitta Motorsports this week, as the team prepares for our next race at Z-Max Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. Another reason everything is going well is because Team Manager, Rachel Brunner’s favorite team, besides Kalitta Motorsports, the Michigan Wolverines, pulled and unbelievable comeback to win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On Saturday after the Annual Kalitta Company Picnic, myself, along with my wife Tammy O, Rachel Brunner, DHL Funny Car crew-member Mike Morris and the “Volume King Car Dealer of Ypsilanti” Rick Fischer, made our way to Ann Arbor, for the first ever night game at “The Big House”, and were part of an NCAA record crowd of 114,804 fans. It was truly an unbelievable sight and an unbelievable game! I attached a picture of the crowd after Michigan scored the winning touchdown and another picture of how happy our gracious host, Rick Fischer was after the Wolverines won! Now is that the face of a guy you want to buy a car from or what?
Ok, on to the racing since I don’t want to talk about how bad the Steelers got whipped last Sunday (I sat and watched it all)! Everyone here at Kalitta Motorsports has been working very hard getting ready for our next three race swing, which includes this weekends race in Charlotte, followed by the following weekends race in Dallas and then finishing up the next weekend in Reading, PA. Now that’s alot of driving for the Team Kalitta truck drivers! On top of preparing Jeff’s DHL Toyota Funny Car, Grubbies Rocky Boots Dragster and Doug’s Kalitta Air Dragster, the team has been working overtime getting Alexis DeJoria’s Tequila Patron Toyota Funny Car ready for its big debut in Dallas. I have to tell you that the paint job on Alexis’ car is one of the coolest I have seen in quite some time! The best part of the whole deal is that Alexis and Kalitta Motorsports PR Genius, Todd Myers, worked on the design together, and I must say, they did a great job! Now I can’t show any pictures of the new Patron Toyota, because there will be an unveiling of the car before the race in Dallas, and if I did, Alexis would probably hurt me real bad! Since she has been workin out with boxers and MMA fighters as of late, I am NOT going to mess with her!
Going into this weekends race in Charlotte, all three of Team Kalitta’s hotrods are in the final phase of the Countdown to the Championship. It is pretty exciting for everyone here, as we have all been given new life in the points battle. I know I am excited about the way the cars have been running as of late, and maybe just maybe, we are gonna hit our stride at the right time! At the Kalitta Company picnic this past Saturday, I spent some time talking with the Bossman, Connie Kalitta about the direction he wants to take with the engine program in Grubbies Rocky Boots dragster and Jeff’s DHL Toyota, and to say I am excited, is an understatement! I really feel that you are going to see some great performances out of both of those teams! I also feel that you will see some great things out of Doug’s Kalitta Air Dragster, as we have been pecking away at a combination that really seems to be coming together! You know, I was never a big fan of this Countdown deal, but I have grown to like it this year because I feel we can make some noise in it!
I am also looking forward to seeing our friend Steve Graham from Rocky Boots in Charlotte this weekend. Steve, Grubby and the Rocky Boots Team, did a display yesterday at Bass Pro Shops at the Concord Mills Mall by the track, and I hope it was a huge success for Steve and everyone at Rocky Boots!
Well, that’s all of my rambling for today, I need to get to the airport for the first time since our Seattle race, and go through all of the security BS! Man, will I miss flying with Connie and Doug! Anyway, take care and have a great weekend!