Ypsilanti, MI (October 25, 2019) – DHL sponsored Kalitta Motorsports teammates J.R. Todd and Richie Crampton will each race specially designed DHL 50th anniversary race cars during the final two NHRA national events scheduled to be contested in Las Vegas and Pomona, California. Todd’s Toyota Camry Funny Car and Crampton’s Top Fuel dragster will be adorned with a throwback DHL logo alongside the current DHL livery. Since 2007 DHL and Kalitta Motorsports have been partners in one of the most successful sponsorships in motorsports.
The two successful businesses have built their partnership on excellence and an uncompromising pursuit of category leadership. Together they have won two NHRA Funny Car world championships with Del Worsham in 2015 and last season with Todd behind the wheel of DHL Toyota Camry Funny Cars. This season both Todd and Crampton are in the battle for their respective class world championships.
“I have had an excellent business relationship with DHL since 1989,” said Connie Kalitta, owner of Kalitta Air. “They have been a great business partner off the track and for over two decades we have enjoyed tremendous success on the track with our motorsports sponsorship relationship. They are part of the Team Kalitta family and we are excited to celebrate their 50 year anniversary during our 60 year celebration.”
As the global leader in international express shipping and logistics services, DHL has enjoyed a decades-long partnership with Kalitta Air, which helps to transport DHL customers’ shipments around the globe. For the past two seasons the DHL relationship with Team Kalitta has included primary sponsorship of Todd’s nitro Funny Car and Crampton’s Top Fuel dragster.
“The DHL and Kalitta partnership excels because whether it’s racing or logistics, both of our organizations are driven to be the best, putting speed, passion and precision at the heart of everything we do,” said Christine Nashick, CMO for DHL Express Americas. “This year, it’s even more special as we celebrate 50 years – from our humble beginnings to where we are today as a leading global brand in the logistics industry. We are thrilled to celebrate our history with Kalitta and see J.R. and Richie run these specially designed race cars in Las Vegas and Pomona that sport our DHL retro branding,”
Kalitta Motorsports is also celebrating 60 years in the sport of NHRA drag racing this season. J.R. Todd currently sits No. 8 in the Mello Yello point standings and is coming off a quarterfinal finish at the recent AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and Crampton is No. 9 in Top Fuel.
Team Kalitta and Global Electronic Technology Ask Fans
to Join Them in Support of Never Forgotten Foundation
YPSILANTI, MI (October 25, 2019) – Team Kalitta and Global Electronic Technology are teaming up again to work with the Never Forgotten Foundation (NFF) to help underprivileged and at-risk families this holiday season. The two companies are teaming up with Ytel to offer NHRA fans the chance to donate via text and also win prizes for their generosity. Fans can text “NFF” to 411-411 and they will receive information and instructions for the Race 2 Fight Hunger. For every $5 donated fans receive an entry into a raffle for racing themed prizes including race tickets and autographed merchandise.
“This year we aim to deliver hope, help, and over 100,000 meals to the less fortunate in our community,” said Steve and Samantha Bryson, Global Electronic Technology. “With the help of Team Kalitta as well as all our NHRA fans we know we can make an impact. All money received goes directly to the people. We have zero administrative overhead and have never taken a penny to pay for any costs of running the foundation.”
Last year the Brysons donated two box trucks full of food as well as household items and toys for children. Team Kalitta also participated through in-kind donations. The NFF is a 501(c) non-profit organization founded by Steve Bryon and his family with the simple and sole purpose of bringing a smile to the face of those less fortunate. The passion to bring aid to the less fortunate is not uncommon in the Bryson household.
Fans can begin donating immediately and Team Kalitta is also running decals with the donation information on Shawn Langdon’s nitro Funny Car. Donations will be collected through Thanksgiving.
“We are very excited to be supporting Never Forgotten Foundation again this year,” said Shawn Langdon, driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry. “We want to give the fans a chance to donate and also give them a chance to win a nice prize for their support. The Brysons are very generous people and I think what they have been doing for so many families across Southern California and around the world for over a decade is pretty amazing.”
The foundation supports those in need all over the country. NFF is ready to help ensure that no one becomes a statistic or becomes forgotten. Over the years the NFF has provided hundreds of thousands of meals to the Long Beach and Orange County Rescue Missions in addition to truckloads of non-perishable personal items for those in need.
From Southern California to wherever the need arises, the NFF has sprung to action and committed substantial resources to help those in need when they needed it the most. In 2015 the foundation began to help underprivileged kids who have aged out of the foster care program stay in college by providing California University State, Long Beach (CSULB) with multiple levels of support.
Photos courtesy of Kalitta Motorsports
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) Mello Yello 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 seven world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.
Team Kalitta fields four full-time entries in the NHRA Mello Yello nitro classes. Connie Kalitta’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster while former Rookie of the Year winner Richie Crampton drives the DHL Top Fuel dragster. In Funny Car, J.R. Todd is the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Shawn Langdon pilots the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car. Connie Kalitta serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Nicky Boninfante and Del Worsham on the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car, Kurt Elliott on the DHL Top Fuel dragster and Rob Flynn and Troy Fasching lead the efforts on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Global Electronic Technology, JEGS, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Racing Electronics, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Toyota, and WIX Filters