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NHRA honors Connie Kalitta with first Lifetime Achievement Award

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For more than 50 years, Connie Kalitta has spent his life in drag racing, first as a successful driver and then as an equally successful multi-team owner.

The first driver to break the 200 mph barrier in a sanctioned race and the founder of the highly-respected Kalitta Motorsports, the Michigan native was honored Monday at the annual NHRA post-season awards banquet with the sanctioning body’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kalitta received a standing ovation by the several hundred friends and peers in attendance. Prior to receiving his award, Kalitta was praised by NHRA President Peter Clifford, and a video tribute of Kalitta’s career was also played.

The video contained tributes from a number of drag racing luminaries, including Kalitta Motorsports’ four current full-time drivers – Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd and Del Worsham – as well as team Vice-President of Operations Jim Oberhofer, NHRA legends Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, and fellow team owners John Force and Don Schumacher.

“I am not usually at a loss for words,” Kalitta said during his acceptance speech. “Thank you for this. I appreciate everything that each of you said in that piece. I am honored to receive such an award.”

Long known as “The Bounty Hunter” as a racer, this is the latest in a number of honors Kalitta has earned over the years. Those include induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992 and won the U.S. Nationals in 1994. On NHRA’s 50th anniversary in 2001, he was named one of the NHRA’s Top 50 Drivers.

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IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold