OPTIMA Batteries to Extend Partnership and Race Again with Grubnic and Kalitta Motorsports in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( January, 2013) – Kalitta Motorsports, one of the largest and most successful teams in professional drag racing history, announced today that OPTIMA Batteries, a worldwide leader in high-performance batteries, will return as the primary sponsor on the OPTIMA Batteries Top Fuel dragster driven by David Grubnic in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
OPTIMA Batteries will continue to grow its hugely successful partnership with the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based team, helmed by drag racing icon and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, by predominantly adorning Grubnic’s 320+mph, 10,000-horsepower dragster at 19 NHRA national events. This extended partnership increased the number of events in 2013, up from 16 in 2012, and begins at the famed season-opening NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California, February 14-17. The OPTIMA Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster will make its debut with Grubnic at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 14-17.
“We are thrilled to be representing OPTIMA Batteries again on our dragster this season,” Grubnic said, a 49-year old resident of Bozeman, Montana. “OPTIMA Batteries have proven to be the best high-performance batteries on the market. This extended partnership provides a wonderful opportunity for me and our team to continue helping promote their leading products.”
Native Australian Grubnic began driving Top Fuel dragsters in the United States in 1995 and earned his first career victory with Kalitta Motorsports in 2005 in Topeka, Kan. becoming the first racer born outside North America to win an NHRA Top Fuel event. Grubnic repeated his Kansas feat last season by winning again in Topeka last summer.
OPTIMA ® Batteries will also continue as a major associate sponsor on Kalitta Motorsports’ remaining fleet of nitro-fueled racers, including the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria, and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham.
About Kalitta Motorsports
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.
Former Top Fuel world champion (2011) Del Worsham drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. David Grubnic drives the OPTIMA Batteries Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by Nick Boninfante and Jon Oberhofer on the DHL Funny Car, by Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Funny Car, and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Candlewood Suites, Red Line Oil, Technicoat Companies, OPTIMA Batteries and JEGS.
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