“Made In Detroit” to include Kalitta Motorsports

Team Kalitta Announces New Partnership with Kid Rock’s “Made In Detroit”; Launches New Apparel Line and Web Store…….Kalitta Motorsports, one of the most successful and world renowned teams in the history of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) drag racing, announced today that it has partnered with the “Made In Detroit” apparel company to launch a new line of Kalitta Motorsports-themed apparel which is now available for purchase on the team’s website, www.teamkalitta.com.

The partnership brings together two legends of Detroit, known worldwide as the “Motor City” – Drag racing pioneer and team owner of Kalitta Motorsports Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta and music recording artist and international superstar Kid Rock, who owns the Made In Detroit brand which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011.


“It’s cool to have Made in Detroit apparel hitting the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with Kalitta Motorsports,” Thomas Dubak, President of Made in Detroit, said. “Connie Kalitta is an icon in the racing world and together we help keep jobs in Michigan, that’s what it’s all about. Fast cars and music, what better way to represent Detroit than Kid Rock and Kalitta Motorsports.”

Made In Detroit decals now adorn all of the nitro-fueled racers of Kalitta Motorsports including the Technicoat Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster driven by David Grubnic, the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Jeff Arend, and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria.

The new vintage-styled apparel line, which will continue to add new products, can be found online at www.teamkalitta.com/store and track-side at national events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. For more info about NHRA, go to www.nhra.com.

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.

Jeff Arend drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for the team. Newly added in the fall of 2011, Alexis Dejoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, drives the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster entry while Dave Grubnic drives the team’s second Top Fueler under the banner of Kalitta Air as well. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by crew chief Jim Oberhofer and assistant crew chief Troy Fasching on Doug’s Top Fueler and by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Funny Car. Oberhofer also serves as crew chief for the Tequila Patrón team. Connie serves as crew chief on the Grubnic-driven racer with help from assistant crew chief James Riola.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Candlewood Suites, ROCKY Boots, Red Line Oil, Technicoat Companies, OPTIMA Batteries, JEGS, and Mac Tools.

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visit www.teamkalitta.com. Follow Us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamKalitta. Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KalittaMotorsports. Check out videos about Team Kalitta on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TeamKalitta

Posted by:  Todd Myers