Kalitta Motorsports Confirms Driver Lineup

Kalitta Motorsports Confirms
Shawn Langdon will move back into the Top Fuel class this season with Kalitta Motorsports. (NHRA photo)

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Kalitta Motorsports officially confirmed its NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series lineup Wednesday morning, downsizing from four nitro-powered teams to three.

Shawn Langdon, who drove for the team in the Funny Car class last season, will transition over to the Top Fuel side of Kalitta Motorsports’ operation.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and J.R. Todd (Funny Car) will remain in the same posts they were in with the team in 2019, while Richie Crampton will not return to the organization.

Kalitta will once again be behind the wheel of the Rob Flynn/Troy Fasching-tuned Mac Tools dragster, joined in the Top Fuel stable by Shawn Langdon, who will make his return to the category after a two-year stint behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry Funny Car.

Kalitta is ready to get the season underway.

“We made an awesome run at the championship last season and I am fired up for this season,” said Kalitta. “We have a brand new design on the car and trailer for the Mac Tools team and we are ready to get going. Everyone begins the season from the same spot at the Winternationals and we are very focused on making a strong start.”

Langdon will slide in the cockpit of the DHL Top Fuel dragster. The DHL dragster will once again be led by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta as crew chief, alongside Kurt Elliott.

Both dragsters will also represent new associate sponsors Mobil 1, NGK Spark Plugs, Osborn and returning sponsors SealMaster and WIX Filters.

“I had a great experience racing Funny Car the past two seasons. I think it made me a better racer. I am really looking forward to getting back into Top Fuel,” said Langdon. “I can’t wait to race for Connie and Kurt and the DHL team. The team has had a lot of success and I want to keep up the positive momentum.”

J.R. Todd, the 2018 NHRA Funny Car champion, will return to the seat of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Todd will also be repping new sponsors Mobil 1 and NGK Spark Plugs as well as returning major associate team sponsor WIX Filters.

Todd will continue to chase his second Funny Car world championship with returning crew chiefs Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer.

“Last season didn’t go our way and had a lot of ups and downs. The good news is we have a great team of guys over here with the DHL Toyota Funny Car team and I think we will be stronger because of our struggles,” said Todd. “Everyone really had a good off season and we are looking forward to testing and then getting the season started.

“Our number one goal at Kalitta is to win the championship and that is what we are going to focus on every day.”