YPSILANTI, MI (October 13, 2020) – Multi-time drag racing world championship winning team Kalitta Motorsports announced today a multi-race entertainment and hospitality partnership with Ferguson Facilities Supply Central District a division of Ferguson, the largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, PVF, waterworks and fire and fabrication products, which will begin during the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. The partnership will include activation at four national events, the Spring Nationals in Houston, the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and the FallNationals in Dallas which are all key markets for the Central District.
“We have been talking through this season with John Morris from Ferguson Facilities Supplies. We are hosting a group this weekend at the Texas Motorplex to get the ball rolling,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager. “They are excited about using our VIP pit side hospitality for their employees and customers. Our goal is to put all our partners in the best position to grow their businesses. Ferguson Facilities Supply is a great addition and we are looking forward to expanding their customer base in the Central District in 2021.”The Kalitta Motorsports and Ferguson Facilities Supply partnership was announced prior to the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex. Through the marketing and entertainment partnership Ferguson will host guests in Team Kalitta’s hospitality area as well as incorporate the excitement and fan accessibility into their business outreach programs.
“This hospitality and entertainment relationship is a perfect fit,” said John Morris, District Manager Ferguson Facilities Supply. “We are long-time supporters of the drag racing community. The interest level of our employees, customer and potential customers is very high when it comes to motorsports. The accessibility we will have with Kalitta Motorsports will be a huge asset for us to grow our business.”
Ferguson raises the bar for industry standards as the top-rated wholesale supplier of commercial and residential plumbing supplies. They are a diverse distributor that spans multiple businesses including JAN/SAN supplies, PPE and industrial supplies. In the past 65 years, they’ve grown from a local distributor to a $18.4 billion dollar company with more than 1,400 locations and over 27,000 associates nationwide.
Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography and 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 60 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.
Kalitta Motorsports fields three full-time entries in the NHRA Mello Yello nitro classes. Connie Kalitta’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster while 2013 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon drives the DHL Top Fuel dragster. In Funny Car, J.R. Todd is the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Connie Kalitta serves as head tuner for all Kalitta Motorsports entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Kurt Elliott on the DHL Top Fuel dragster and Rob Flynn with Troy Fasching lead the efforts on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.