Fifth Third Bank, Kalitta Motorsports sign multiyear partnership extension
Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a long-time partner of both Kalitta Air and Kalitta Motorsports, signed a multiyear contract extension and will be a team partner through the 2026 NHRA season, the team announced today.
With its branding prominently displayed on all three Kalitta Motorsports entries driven by Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon, and J.R. Todd, Fifth Third Bank will begin its fourth year of Kalitta partnership when the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series begins at the historic NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville on March 9-12, 2023.
“We are excited to extend our sponsorship of Kalitta Motorsports and continue to support this dynamic, top-notch racing team and organization,” said David Girodat, regional president, Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan. “This strategic partnership with Kalitta also solidifies Fifth Third’s commitment to motorsports as the leading financial institution in racing.”
With significant presence on the front of Langdon’s Top Fuel dragster in Gainesville, Fifth Third will be an associate on all three cars for the remainder of the season. They will continue to entertain existing and potential clients at the Kalitta VIP hospitality area.
At Kalitta Motorsports with Shawn Langdon’s Gainesville car, seen here left-to-right, are Doug Kalitta, David Girodat, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan, Terry Solomon, Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager III, Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan, and Jeff Leithauser, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Line of Business Manager, Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan.
Fifth Third will also be incorporated into the robust Kalitta Motorsports business-to-business program, which presents opportunities for team partners to work together in an effort to enhance each organization’s business.
“We are very appreciative of our partnership with Fifth Third Bank,” Team Kalitta general manager Chad Head said. “With Fifth Third, it’s more than a partnership – it’s a longterm relationship, and we are grateful for their support of our race team as well as Kalitta Air. We look forward to making these next four years as mutually beneficial as possible and celebrating with them in the winner’s circle this season.”
Through its partnership with Kalitta Motorsports, as well as existing partnerships in NASCAR and INDYCAR over the last decade, Fifth Third Bank further demonstrates its commitment to Motorsports by providing the financial expertise to each of its partners and other stakeholders in the industry. Fifth Third also supports motorsports as a founding PRI member and active member of SEMA.
Kalitta Motorsports, Revchem Composites extend technology and hospitality programs
After three seasons of a successful relationship and a contract extension, Revchem Composites and Kalitta Motorsports will begin their fourth season of partnership when the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series begins at the historic NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville on March 9-12, 2023.
Revchem will focus on expanding its brand and business relationships through Kalitta Motorsports; its increased branding is prominently displayed across all three Kalitta Motorsports entries driven by Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon, and J.R. Todd.
"We are very excited to begin our fourth season supporting Kalitta Motorsports and are confident 2023 will be a winning year for both Kalitta Motorsports and Revchem Composites! The commitment to teamwork within Kalitta Motorsports is truly an inspiration," said Pete Pendleton, President of Revchem Composites.
"The Kalitta Motorsports VIP experience is second to none, and we have brought our staff, customers, and vendor partners together in the hospitality area to see first-hand what it takes to make a great race team! The time spent with our customers and vendor partners has helped build lasting friendships that we cherish.”
Revchem will continue to entertain both existing clients and potential customers in the Kalitta Motorsports VIP hospitality area, which travels the entire 21-race NHRA series throughout the United States.
“Revchem brings a wealth of knowledge to NHRA from a diverse customer base that includes aerospace and watersports, and it is an integral Kalitta Motorsports partner,” Kalitta Motorsports General Manager Chad Head said. “Revchem’s contributions to developing our new Toyota GR Supra Funny Car body and those across all our teams are vital to our race team’s success. Revchem’s products make our Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars lighter and stronger, and that’s a major contribution.
“From a branding perspective, we want to generate awareness of Revchem Composite’s products – we’re proud to promote their brand. With our extension, Kalitta Motorsports will continue to advocate for Revchem as we move into and beyond the 2023 NHRA season.”
While its team contributions are a priority, perhaps even more important is reaching new Revchem customers through the Kalitta Motorsports annual Business-to-Business meetings. Through these events, Revchem interacts with other Kalitta Motorsports corporate partners in an ongoing effort to create mutually beneficial business relationships. Revchem’s involvement in designing the new Toyota GR Supra Funny Car body is a perfect example of this effort.
“Collaborating with Kalitta Motorsports and the Toyota Gazoo Racing teams on the Supra Funny Car body has been a tremendous opportunity for us to share our product knowledge and collectively apply advanced composites application techniques traditionally only used in the aerospace industry,” said Dennis Gallegos, General Manager of Revchem Composites. “Our partnership with Kalitta Motorsports has also helped open many doors for us within the NHRA and with other motorsports markets. As a result, the Revchem Composites brand is now recognized nationally and continues to grow with each race.”