Kalitta Motorsport have announced their NHRA team will be slightly smaller than last year, with the legendary outfit planning to field two Top Fuel Dragsters and one Nitro Funny Car this season.
The changes will see Shawn Langdon move from Funny Cars back to Top Fuel dragsters, in which he is a former world champion. Langdon will be taking over the cockpit of the DHL Top Fuel dragster that was driven last season by Richie Crampton.
The DHL dragster will once again be led by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta as crew chief alongside Kurt Elliott.
“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. 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,” said Langdon.
Crampton is currently without a ride for the 2020 season, though he is heading to Australia this weekend to drive for Rapisarda Autosport International in the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Series at Sydney Dragway.
The rest of Kalitta Motorsports will be business as normal, with championship runner-up Doug Kalitta once again behind the wheel of the Rob Flynn/Troy Fasching-tuned Mac Tools Dragster.
“We made an awesome run at the championship last season and I am fired up for this season,” Kalitta said. “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.”
J.R. Todd, the 2018 NHRA Funny Car champion, will return to the seat of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. 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,” Todd said. “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. 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.”
The Kalitta Motorsports team will be on track for the PRO test session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the end of the month in preparation for the season opening 60th annual Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, February 7-9, 2020.