Now, after a tune-up race at the IHRA event in Norwalk, OH, Kalitta returned to action at this year's U.S. Nationals and plans to enter the rest of the 2003 NHRA POWERade events. He hopes to mount a full-season charge behind the wheel of his father Connie Kalitta's dragster next year. DRO spoke with Kalitta at Indy, shortly after he set the crowd abuzz with a stellar 4.59 at 320.36 mph straight out of the box for the first round of qualifying.
DRO: Scott, first
of all congratulations, you've got to be happy
Kalitta: Oh absolutely, especially with the way the weather is right now (hot and humid). I just wanted to get from A to B and get in, and to be honest we were trying to play it conservative, but I guess it wasn't as conservative as we thought.
DRO: How important was last week in Norwalk for giving you a feel for the car again?
was good, but I wouldn't have had a problem
if we couldn't have done that. But there were
a lot of things that we wanted to do as well
as give me a couple of runs. There's a bunch
of new guys on my team and there were some things
collectively on both cars that we wanted to
try in the engine department, so it was three-fold
what we trying to do. So it was fun, we did
good, it was a low-pressure-deal, and we accomplished
pretty much what we were trying to do.
Scott Kalitta (photo by
DRO: Had you done any testing at all prior to going to Norwalk?
Kalitta: After Vegas earlier this year, I made
one-and-a-half runs over there and it was the