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NHRA

Sep 6 - 2019

Doug Kalitta: Indianapolis Redemption

September 06, 2019 Kalitta came into this season on his 22nd attempt at Indy glory. Doug Kalitta: Indianapolis Redemption
Regarded as one of the best pure drivers in NHRA history, Doug Kalitta had never checked off the ultimate drag race: the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Competing every year since 1998, Kalitta came into this season on his 22nd attempt at Indy glory. 
 
In the quickest field in NHRA history, Kalitta started eighth and began his Labor Day with a battle. He delivered – Kalitta beat Clay Millican to the finish line on a holeshot, his seventh such win of the season. That set the ball in motion for a history making day. Kalitta ran through both John Force Racing machines of Brittany Force and Austin Prock to reach the final. 
 
Kalitta had come close to the elusive Indianapolis win many times. In 2004 and 2008, Kalitta was stopped by Tony Schumacher. Last season, Kalitta missed the trophy by mere inches when his Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster suffered problems right before the finish line. 
 
This time would be different – this time Kalitta would finally add the Indianapolis win, beating Billy Torrence off the starting line and taking that all the way to the stripe. Kalitta was finally an Indy champ..
 
September 06, 2019, Kalitta would finally add the Indianapolis win, beating Billy Torrence off the starting line and taking that all the way to the stripe.

“I’m a real persistent guy, so I never give up,” said Kalitta. “I just can’t say enough about everyone that’s been working on my Mac Tools Toyota. They were busting their butts – and Connie (Kalitta) was right there with them. Having him in our corner is awesome. What a day. It feels great to win a big race that Connie won.”

Kalitta had two things left to check off in his sure Hall of Fame career: a U.S. Nationals win and a Top Fuel championship. With the U.S. Nationals finally checked off, 46-time event winner Kalitta is focused on what’s next. 

September 06, 2019, Kalitta had two things left to check off in his sure Hall of Fame career: a U.S. Nationals win and a Top Fuel championship. With the U.S. Nationals finally checked off, 46-time event winner

“Obviously, my guys are going to have plenty of skip in our step heading into the Countdown – including me,” said Kalitta. “We just have to keep our head down and go rounds and try to prevail. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get to the next race and get this going. It’s going to be another great opportunity.”