Scott Kalitta

Scott Kalitta

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Scott Kalitta (February 18, 1962 – June 21, 2008) was an American drag racer who competed in the Funny Car and Top Fuel classes in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. He was killed at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, after an accident during qualifying. He had 17 career Top Fuel wins and 1 career Funny Car win, and at his death he was one of fourteen drivers to win in both divisions.

Kalitta was son to veteran NHRA driver and crew chief Connie Kalitta and cousin to teammate Doug Kalitta.

Personal life

He made his home in Snead Island, Florida, with wife, Kathy and two sons, Colin and Corey. He was a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan., The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle, June 21, 2008.


Scott Kalitta's career began in 1982 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. His first career #1 qualifier happened at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana event in 1988. He made his first win in 1989 at the NHRA's premiere series by taking the Funny Car event in Houston, Texas.

He would move to Top Fuel during the 1990s. Kalitta won his first event in this class at Topeka, Kansas in 1993, when he set a national speed record of at that race for the win.

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