Toyota Gazoo Racing North America NHRA Charlotte Post-Race Report 09.24.23

Toyota earns seventh consecutive Top Fuel victory

CONCORD, N.C. (September 24, 2023) – After claiming his long-awaited 50th career victory last weekend, Doug Kalitta won his second straight NHRA Top Fuel event in the Betway Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway on Sunday. Kalitta defeated no. 1 qualifier Mike Salinas in the category final Sunday afternoon. With his stellar run in Charlotte, Kalitta now leads the Top Fuel points standings as the Countdown to the Championship approaches its halfway point next weekend.

Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon were the other Toyota Top Fuel drivers that advanced on Sunday, and both were eliminated in the second round of competition.

In Funny Car, it was a tough Carolina Nationals for Toyota’s three drivers. Battling adversity throughout the weekend, Ron Capps, J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria were eliminated in the first round on Sunday. All three Toyota Funny Car drivers will have an immediate chance to bounce back next weekend in the Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway. 

Toyota Post-Race Recap
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
zMAX Dragway
Race 17 of 21


NameCarFinal ResultRound-by-Round
Doug KalittaMac Tools Toyota Top Fuel DragsterWinnerW 3.718 vs. S. Torrence (3.725) W 3.741 vs. S. Langdon (4.907) W 3.745 vs. L. Pruett (3.778) W 3.696 vs. M. Salinas (3.718)
Antron BrownMatco Tools Toyota Top Fuel DragsterSecond RoundW (3.686) vs. S. Massey (3.745) L 5.050 vs. L. Pruett (3.829)
Shawn LangdonKalitta Air Careers Toyota Top Fuel DragsterSecond RoundW (3.764) vs. T. Schumacher (4.257) L 4.907 vs. D. Kalitta (3.741)
Steve TorrenceCapco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel DragsterFirst RoundL 3.725 vs. D. Kalitta (3.718)
Justin AshleyPhillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel DragsterFirst RoundL 4.922 vs. L. Pruett (3.708)


NameCarFinal ResultRound-by-Round
J.R. ToddDHL Toyota GR Supra Funny CarFirst RoundL 3.947 vs. P. Lee (3.919)
Ron CappsNAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny CarFirst RoundL 4.729 vs. D. Richards (4.176)
Alexis DeJoriaBandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny CarFirst RoundL 6.692 vs. B. Tasca III (3.871)


DOUG KALITTA, Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, Kalitta Motorsports

TF Final Result: Winner

Can you take us through your day?

“Well, the sun was out most of today, which was much different to what we’ve been running most of the weekend with all the cloud cover and low temperatures. So yeah, it was really nice to get this win today. We were getting 74s times down the track and we really had to tune the car up for the final. Mike (Salinas) was right there at the end; Mr. 300 I guess you could call him now. Overall, it was a great run today for my guys.”

What’s it like to be back in the points lead?

“It’s been a while, that’s for sure. With Alan Johnson (crew chief), Brian Husen (co-crew chief) and all those guys on the team, they’re used to winning championships. I’m glad I’ll be along for the ride with wherever we end up with. It’s a great start to the Countdown for us, and I just have a ton of support from everyone’s who been following me over the years. This should be a good run, and we’ll keep plugging away at it.”

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships. 

Toyota directly employs more than 63,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 45 million cars and trucks at our 13 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 14th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 24 electrified options.

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