Doug Kalitta

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Doug Kalitta (born August 20, 1964) is an American auto racing driver from Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Kalitta formerly raced in USAC events. He was the 1991 USAC rookie of the year in the midget series, and won the 1994 championship in the sprint car category. Kalitta won 21 USAC events: 14 in midget races and 7 in sprint competitions.

In 1998 he joined the NHRA, becoming a top fuel drag racer.[1] Kalitta finished second in the top fuel points race in 2003, 2004, and 2006. He is sixth on the all-time top fuel wins list;[2] the most recent of his 31 victories came in February 2009.[3]

Kalitta's father is the now-deceased Doug Kalitta Sr., and he is the nephew of Connie Kalitta, a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Scott Kalitta, an NHRA driver who died June 21, 2008 in a racing accident, is his cousin.[4] He owns the airline Kalitta Charters.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glick, Shav (1998-01-30). "With the Kalittas, It's All in the Family". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Doug Kalitta Infineon Wall of Fame inductee". Motorsport.com. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Kalitta earns first win in over year". ESPN. Associated Press. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ Caldwell, Dave (2008-06-23). "The N.H.R.A. Races on After a Driver's Death". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Memphis: Doug Kalitta preview". Motorsport.com. 2006-08-16. Retrieved 2010-02-01.