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KALITTA TO BE REMEMBERED DURING UNITED ASSOCIATION NHRA SUPERNATIONALS AT ENGLISHTOWN

Scott Kalitta's NHRA Full Throttle DHL Toyota Funny Car during the 2008 season. One year ago this weekend Kalitta was killed in an accident at Englishtown N.J., site of this week's NHRA Full Throttle National Event. (Photo courtesy of NHRA) (The Spokesman-Review)
Scott Kalitta's NHRA Full Throttle DHL Toyota Funny Car during the 2008 season. One year ago this weekend Kalitta was killed in an accident at Englishtown N.J., site of this week's NHRA Full Throttle National Event. (Photo courtesy of NHRA) (The Spokesman-Review)

Scott Kalitta, a two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion will be remembered first on Friday during the first Funny Car qualifying session. Jeff Arend, who is now piloting Kalitta’s DHL Toyota Solara, will make the first qualifying run as a single in the left lane in honor of Kalitta.

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 11, 2009) – Scott Kalitta, one of NHRA’s greatest drivers and champions, will be remembered during two special ceremonies this weekend at the United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Kalitta died one year ago at this event as a result of injuries he suffered after a high-speed racing accident.

The two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion will be remembered first on Friday during the first Funny Car qualifying session. Jeff Arend, who is now piloting Kalitta’s DHL Toyota Solara, will make the first qualifying run as a single in the left lane in honor of Kalitta. Before Arend’s single pass, NHRA will show a Kalitta video tribute on the ACDelco Vision big screen video display.

On Sunday prior to the start of eliminations, NHRA will observe a moment of silence to honor Kalitta during pre-race ceremonies and will again show the video tribute.

Kalitta, the son of NHRA legend Connie Kalitta, earned 18 victories during his career and claimed back-to-back Top Fuel world championship titles in 1994 and 1995. He is one of 14 drivers in NHRA history to earn victories in both premier nitro categories




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