Doug Kalitta

Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2011

KalittaDougHead72 When you look at the racing career of Doug Kalitta, you will be immediately impressed with his accomplishments. The even-tempered, 46-year old nephew of racing legend Connie Kalitta has earned 31 wins over his 12-year career, ranking him sixth all-time in the Top Fuel Dragster ranks. Three times, he has finished as the Top Fuel points runner-up and his streak of finishing in the Top 10 in the points standings extends over the past 10 years.

1KalittaDoug 72All of this achieved while owning his business, Kalitta Charters— a charter airline service operated from Ypsilanti, MI which offers professional, competitive, and secure environment for Executive Charter, Air Ambulance & Air Cargo services. Kalitta Charters operates a fleet of over 25 aircraft which carry anything from organs ready for transplant to Kentucky Derby horses. Kalitta Charters is honored to be the sole company that has a contract with the government to fly the remains of soldiers to their final resting places.

2KalittaDougPostCard 72Racing Career Highlights
• 2010: One win at Bandimere; Reached five final rounds; Finished 6th in points

• 2009: Opened season with a win at Pomona 1; Reached two more final rounds; Advanced to Countdown to 1 for second straight year

• 2008: Advanced to the Countdown to 1 playoffs for the first time; Posted runner-up finish at Indianapolis

• 2007: Kalitta earned his only win of the season in Richmond, one week before a runner-up finish in Las Vegas; Extended streak of seasons with at least one win to 10

• 2006: Led the POWERade Series standings for last 11 races of season; Raced to five victories in five final rounds; Matched his career best points finish of second (also 2003 and ’04); No. 1 qualifier two times; Posted ninth consecutive POWERade Top 10 finish

• 2005: Led the POWERade point standings after 10 events; Raced to five victories in seven final rounds; Won at Sonoma for the fifth time; No. 1 qualifier three times; Posted eighth consecutive POWERade Top 10 finish

• 2004: Finished second in POWERade point standings for second consecutive season; Qualified No. 1 a category-leading seven times; Won four of eight final round appearances; Led POWERade point standings for first time in his career; Clocked fastest speed in NHRA history, a 335.57 mph blast at Las Vegas 1;
Runner-up at 50th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals; Recorded quickest run in NHRA history, a 4.420 second performance at Chicago

• 2003: Posted a career-best 2nd place points finish, his sixth straight top-10 finish; led category in No. 1 qualifying positions with nine; set national speed record with 333.25 mph effort at Pomona 2; won $100,000 Budweiser Shootout for the second time in his career; qualified No. 1 at first five races, tying category record set by Gary Beck in 1983

• 2002: Finished fourth in POWERade standings with three victories

• 2001: Won three events; Finished third in the point standings; Was runner-up in the Budweiser Shootout at Pomona

• 2000: Finished fifth in the 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 Budweiser Shootout, his second straight final round in the bonus program

• 1998: Replaced cousin Scott Kalitta, a two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion, and went on to win Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award; Won $100,000 Budweiser Shootout for select Top Fuel drivers at Pomona 2

• 1994: USAC National Sprint Car champion

Personal • Wife: Josie; Son: Mitchell (2/13/2001); Daughter: Avery (7/15/2003)
• Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds
• Hobbies: Boating, fishing, and hunting
• Notable: President of Kalitta Charters; Earned his Lear jet license at age 21