DRO: Did you drive
Doug's car there?
Kalitta: As a
matter of fact, the car that we're running now
is the car Doug ran the first half of the year,
so yeah, that was the car I drove there. But
both these cars, believe it or not, at least
the driver's section, have been around since
I was driving before anyway. So, I made two
runs over there, and the second run, which was
the only full run I made, we ran 4.57 at 320.
And last year, I did some testing for them 'cause
Doug and my dad couldn't make it, and I made
10 runs over in Gainesville at the beginning
of the year. So I've stayed in it a little bit.
DRO: When you
left drag racing before the '98 season you said
the demands of racing, business, and family
were getting to be too much and one of them
had to go. Looking back on it, are you still
happy with the decision?
it was something I needed to do. Then I ended
up selling it (air cargo business) a year after
I quit, and that's why I was available in 2000
when I ran the last half of the year. You know,
I never really wanted to get out of it, it was
just one of those life choices that you've gotta'
DRO: So are you
planning a full-time return to racing?
definitely finishing out this year and we're
about 99 percent sure on next year that yes,
DRO: Will your
sponsorship be the same next year?
the part that's up in the air. But I think if
that doesn't come through, my dad will probably
want to do it anyway. We'll just do it ourselves.
We're just taking it day by day
seeing what happens.
DRO: What about
this year? Do you think you can win a race or
Kalitta: Oh, definitely,
especially with the way my dad's got these cars
running. And you know, it's actually more fun
for me because there's no pressure for me --
or at least not the same kind of pressure, let's
say. I'm not in the points, so it's kind of
fun to go out there and mess with these guys.
And if we can help Doug out along the way and
take Dixon out, that'd be real nice, too. Realistically,
though, I don't see LaHaie messing up that bad
the rest of the year so that they can catch
him, but we're gonna' try.
DRO: Is that part
of the strategy of putting you back in a car
this year, to help Doug out?
Kalitta: Oh, absolutely.
I mean, when we made the decision and announced
it in June, we kept saying to ourselves, "Man,
I wish we could do this sooner," because it
would have been very helpful to start taking
him (Dixon) out earlier.
DRO: So let's
say it gets down to a Doug Kalitta versus Scott
Kalitta final. Who wins then?
gonna' go for the throat. I tell you what, there'll
be no knees on this deal.