ENNIS, Texas – Troy Coughlin Jr., a former NHRA Division 3 Super Gas champion, will join Kalitta Motorsports to embark on his first season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel class next year.
The announcement aligns two of the legendary names in the drag racing, Kalitta and Coughlin, for the first time.
“I am very excited to be competing in the Top Fuel class with Kalitta Motorsports,” said Coughlin. “Kalitta Motorsports has a lot of history and legacy in NHRA similar to my family. The first time I came to Team Kalitta I noticed the family-type atmosphere and the extreme desire to win and I knew this was the team I wanted to be involved with. I am studying hard and plan to hit the ground running and have a strong start to the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.”
Coughlin is the current points leader in Division 3’s Super Comp division. He previously won the 2013 Super Gas title in Division 3 and is a two-time NHRA U.S. Nationals winner. Last season, he drove in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod series and was named Rookie of the Year. In his career, the 26-year-old driver has driven Junior Dragsters, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster and Pro Mod machines. Earlier this year, he earned his Top Fuel license.
Coughlin is currently scheduled to compete in a limited schedule next year that may be expanded with additional funding.
Coughlin comes from a family with a long line of NHRA success. He will be the first Coughlin to compete in the Top Fuel ranks since his grandfather, Jeg Coughlin Sr., won races in the late ’70s and ’80s. His father, Troy Coughlin Sr., is the reigning NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod champion, while his uncles, John Coughlin, Mike Coughlin and Jeg Coughlin Jr. are all multi-time champions. John and Mike earned multiple Division 3 titles, while Jeg Coughlin Jr. is a five-time NHRA Pro Stock champion. All totaled the Coughlin family owns 111 NHRA national event wins.
“Kalitta Motorsports is thrilled to have Troy Jr. join our team,” said Jim Oberhofer, vice president of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “He has a ton of talent and a passion for racing. The Coughlin and Kalitta names have a long track record of success in NHRA drag racing and we know Troy, Jr. is just going to help continue that tradition of success for both families for years to come.”