Mac Tools and Kalitta to take the Long Way Down to Las Vegas
Las Vegas, prerace: Mac Tools and Kalitta Motorsports racer Doug Kalitta will forgo their normal identity for a unique journey through Europe and Africa via the quarter-mile dragstrip in Las Vegas. The group will unveil a special one-race-only paint scheme for this weekend's seventh annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.
After riding motorcycles from London to New York in the Long Way Round in 2004, film actor Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman decided to take another iconic adventure, this time traveling the Long Way Down through Europe and Africa. The 15,000-mile adventure began in May of this year in John O’Groats, Scotland, and recently finished at the most southern point of South Africa, Cape Agulhas.
Mac Tools partnered with McGregor and Boorman for their historic and treacherous journey by providing the adventurers with a supply of its world-renowned hand tools to aid them with everything from simple maintenance to large repairs. Boorman will be on hand to see the Mac Tools/Long Way Down dragster take to The Strip in Las Vegas.
“What a thrill this is going to be,” Kalitta, a 43-year-old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. “For everyone at Mac Tools and our Kalitta Motorsports team, this is very exciting. I am a big motorcycle fan and a big fan of Mr. McGregor’s films. Their trip sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe we can give them and Mac Tools another thrill by guiding our Mac Tools/Long Way Down dragster to the winner’s circle in Las Vegas.”
Mac Tools and Kalitta Motorsports will also welcome some very special guests to the event in Las Vegas along with Boorman. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr., TV personality and world-famous custom hot rod designer and builder Chip Foose, X Games star and TV personality Carey Hart, custom motorcycle builder Jesse Rooke, and Steve Harwell, lead vocalist of the rock band Smash Mouth, will be in attendance during the weekend.
Kalitta scored his first breakthrough event win of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season at the previous event in Richmond, Va. The victory continues his impressive streak of winning at least one event in each year of his 10-year Top Fuel career.
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