KYMCO USA Teams with Kalitta Motorsports

by Off-Road Hub Mag | Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Spartanburg, S.C. – KYMCO USA has become the official scooter supplier to the iconic Kalitta Motorsports team, a move that further raises the powersports specialist’s exposure within the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and its fan base.

Owned by drag racing legend Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, Kalitta Motorsports contests the NHRA with a four-car team that includes the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Jeff Arend, Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria, Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster piloted by David Grubnic and Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster operated by Doug Kalitta.

KYMCO USA intends to provide two Agility 125 scooters per team, as well as two units to be used by Kalitta Motorsports staff. The partnership also offers additional business-to-business promotional opportunities with other Kalitta associates, including Red Line Oil, OPTIMA Batteries, Mac Tools, Tequila Patrón, Candlewood Suites and Rocky Boots.

“We welcome KYMCO USA into our Kalitta Motorsports family and look forward to representing their brand and products to the best of our ability, both on and off the race track for many years to come,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports.

This new partnership with Kalitta Motorsports is the latest in a multi-prong approach to ensure that KYMCO scooters and off-road vehicles maximize their presence at NHRA events.

KYMCO USA became the Official Scooter & Off-Road Vehicle Supplier of the NHRA in 2009, and further integrated itself into the drag racing series via relationships with John Force Racing, Cagnazzi Racing, Team Geico’s Karen Stoffer and Full Throttle (Coca-Cola).

“Drag racing is an incredibly exciting sport supported by a loyal fan base so it was an easy decision for us to continue to expand our involvement,” said Bruce Ramsey, Vice President of Operations, KYMCO USA. “It’s a real thrill for the folks at KYMCO USA to be a part of the famed Kalitta Motorsports team, and we’ll be there to support them through the 2014 schedule.”

About Kalitta Motorsports
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

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