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Published on April 6th, 2012 | by Joe


KYMCO USA Teams with Kalitta Motorsports

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.

Jeff Arend drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Team Kalitta. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. David Grubnic drives the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Funny Car, by Del Worsham on the Tequila Patrón Funny Car, and by Jim Oberhofer on the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ racecars include Candlewood Suites, ROCKY Boots, Red Line Oil, Technicoat Companies, OPTIMA Batteries, JEGS, and Mac Tools.

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KYMCO’s roots in the power sports industry go back to its founding in 1963 as the Kwang Yang Motor Co. Ltd. With headquarters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, KYMCO has long been a leader in quality, fuel economy and versatility. Today KYMCO is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan, exports to 89 countries worldwide, and manufactures scooters, motorcycles, ATVs and UXV side-by-side vehicles at five ISO-9001 quality accredited plants in Asia.

Serving consumers and a selection of valued OEM clients, KYMCO is committed to maximum customer satisfaction, constant innovation, and making use of the most advanced CAD/CAE tools to bring superior engineering and design to their products.

KYMCO USA, wholly owned by Kwang Yang Motor Co. Ltd., is the exclusive importer/distributor of KYMCO brand products in the United States. With its headquarters, marketing and distribution based in Spartanburg, S.C., KYMCO USA serves more than 700 dealers in the U.S. and Caribbean and is dedicated to building the brand’s reputation and market share through superior value, frequent new product introductions, excellence in dealer network support, participation in enthusiast events, race support and sponsorship, and strategic industry partnerships with organizations such as the NHRA, IndyCar, Ford Motor Company, Full Throttle (Coca-Cola) and Geico. Learn more at

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