NHRA Story
Video: Top Fuel at 320 mph -- 'How’d They Do That?'
Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Earlier this year, the producers for Car and Driver TV, Car and Driver magazine’s new YouTube channel, asked Kalitta Motorsports to participate in a segment titled “How’d They Do That?” for the Popular Mechanics section of the channel about how an NHRA Top Fuel dragster works and what it takes to cover the track in less than 3.9 seconds at more than 320 mph.

At the 43rd annual Toyota NHRA SuperNationals in June, an eight-person video-production crew filmed Team Kalitta driver David Grubnic and the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster team putting their dragster through its paces both on and off the racetrack at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The video crew spent all day Saturday, June 2, filming in the Team Kalitta pit area during qualifying for the event.

The unique and informative video breaks down a Top Fuel run and all of the critical components of the Optima Batteries Top Fueler used to make it happen. Grubnic not only drives the Optima Batteries hot rod, but he is also very much hands-on with all of its mechanical workings and advises team owner, crew chief, and drag racing legend Connie Kalitta on his race car’s tune-up. It’s Grubnic’s multifaceted nitro knowledge that helps him give in-depth analysis of all of the Optima Batteries dragster’s systems throughout the video.