NHRA Driver
Doug Kalitta
  • Date of birth:
    August 20, 1964
  • Hometown:
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Mac Tools dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Jim Oberhofer
  • Career Wins: 35
    TF: 35
  • Career Final Rounds: 77
    TF: 77
  • Career Best E.T.:
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Career Highlights
  • 2013: Raced to a win at Dallas during the Countdown to the Championship; Appeared in three final rounds; Earned five No. 1 qualifying
    positions during the year; Advanced to Countdown playoffs for sixth straight year
  • 2012: Posted a runner-up finish at Bristol; Earned No. 1 qualifying position at Sonoma; Despite not winning a race,
    finished sixth in points standings; Advanced to Countdown playoffs for fifth straight year; Qualified for all 23 events
  • 2011: Raced to semifinals at Las Vegas 1, Houston and Topeka; Earned 14th straight top 10 points finish;
    Advanced to Countdown playoffs for fourth time
  •  2010: Runner-up at inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals; Earned one victory in six finals; Claimed two No. 1
    qualifying positions; Advanced to the Countdown playoffs for the third time
  • 2009: Opened season with win at Pomona 1; Advanced to Countdown playoffs for second consecutive year
  • 2008: Advanced to the Countdown playoffs for the first time; Posted runner-up finish at Indianapolis
  • 2007: Earned his only win of the season at Richmond, one week before a runner-up finish at Las Vegas
  • 2006: Led the Mello Yello Series standings for last 10 races of season; Raced to five victories in five final
    rounds; Matched career-best points finish of second (also 2003 and ’04); No. 1 qualifier two times; Posted
    ninth consecutive Mello Yello Top 10 finish
  • 2005: Raced to five victories in seven final rounds; Led Mello Yello Series standings after 10 events; Won at
    Sonoma for fifth time; Earned three No. 1 qualifying awards
  • 2004: Earned four victories in eight finals and finished a career-best second in points standings; Led the Mello
    Yello points standings for first time in his career; Qualified No. 1 seven times; Clocked quickest run in NHRA
    history (4.420 seconds) at Chicago 1
  • 2003: Finished second in Mello Yello points standings with four victories; Set national speed record with 333.25
    mph effort; Won Top Fuel Shootout for second time; Earned a category-leading nine No. 1 qualifying positions
  • 2002: Finished fourth in Mello Yello points standings with three victories
  • 2001: Won three events; Finished third in the point standings; Was runner-up in the Top Fuel Shootout at Pomona
  • 2000: Finished fifth in the point standings for second consecutive year and won third consecutive Sonoma race
  • 1999: Qualified for all 22 national events; Won at Sonoma for the second straight season; Was runner-up in
    Top Fuel Shootout, his second straight final round in the bonus program
  • 1998: Took over driving duties for cousin Scott Kalitta, a two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion, and went
    on to win Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award; Won $100,000 Top Fuel Shootout
    for select Top Fuel drivers at Pomona 2

  • Wife: Josie
  • Daughter: Avery; Son: Mitchell
  • Height/weight: 5' 11", 180 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Boating, fishing and hunting