Greensboro “Build Something” Mentoring Program to Welcome NHRA Top Fuel Driver Troy Coughlin, Jr.

Greensboro, N.C.–National Hot Rod Association Driver Troy Coughlin Jr., who pilots Kalitta Motorsports’ SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster, will visit the boys and young men of the Greensboro Build Something Mentor Program Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Bryan Family YMCA. Coughlin wants to meet them before they turn out for the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) 4-wides to cheer him on at ZMAX Dragway in Concord. “I am excited to join the group on Wednesday and represent SealMaster in this capacity,” he says. “It is an awesome cause and it creates a great culture for these young men to learn a lot about life. I am jacked to be there.”

As a reward for the self-motivation of the program’s participants, they and some of their coaches will be VIP guests of SealMaster owner Bob Krebs Saturday, April 29. “We’re very grateful to Bob for this opportunity to get the kids out,” says Alexis Underwood, who founded and established Build Something in January 2016. “I’m very grateful to the Bryan Family YMCA, too, for allowing to use the space (to conduct the program).”

Underwood made the decision to create the program because he saw a need. “There’s a lot of negativity going on in society,” he says. “I wanted to help raise the standard of what I was seeing through my 17 years’ experience in mental health.” Core components of the program center on physical fitness and healthy lifestyle living, learning opportunities, community service and the availability of an adult sounding board composed of adult coaches who serve as positive role models. The group meets every Saturday, starting out with a prayer, after which a guest speaker shares wisdom. They work out for 45 minutes then have open gym. They close the evening with a discussion on speaker. Topics include financial education and budgeting, etiquette, even how to tie a tie, among others. “Things men need to learn,” notes Underwood. Speakers can be program coaches, members of the clergy or community organizations—anyone who has a valuable lesson to share.

“The hook is the workout,” says Underwood of attracting participants. “That’s what the kids come for. They get really excited about that.” Boys and young men in the program, ages 9 to 18, are motivated by getting or staying in shape, whether for personal fitness or to give them an edge in a sport. A lot of them are athletes.

Athleticism is encouraged although not required of the adult volunteers, including some of the participants’ fathers, who assist with the program. Athletes of the Elon College Football team have volunteered well. “They learn a lot too,” Underwood says of the collegians.

Krebs and Underwood are neighbors, which is how Krebs learned about Build Something and put plans for the outing in motion about a year ago. “It’s about giving back to the community. WE at SealMaster have this opportunity to take people to the NHRA races. We have been taking our customers.

Why not take these kids to experience something positive they’ve never seen? They’ll remember it for the rest of their lives.” The SealMaster franchise system partners with Kalitta Motorsports fielding the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster piloted by Coughlin. It also partners with the NHRA as the title sponsor of the SealMaster Track Walk, which takes place the morning of the final day of competition. Part of the boys’ and VIP treatment will include motor coach transportation to the event and access to Kalitta Motorsports’ hospitality, which includes complimentary lunch, beverages and a place to take comfortable breaks in the shade during the all-day affair of bracket racing.

 

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About the Build Something Mentor Program

The Build Something Mentor Program is a non-profit entity founded in January 2016 by Alexis Underwood. It’s mission is to provide young males, ages 9-18, with a mentor relationship and group activities that build emotional bonds, enhance social skills, and affirm the importance of education. The program aims to help participants define their identity and sense of self, develop healthy personal relationships and connect with the community around them. The program places emphasis on spiritual, health and physical fitness. Every session begins prayer, guest speaker, exercise, weight training and health and nutrition education. Mentors provide guidance on education, money management, career development, etiquette, manners, leadership development, and strong family values.

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) Mello Yello 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 six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta fields five full-time entries in the NHRA Mello Yello nitro classes. Connie Kalitta’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster; Auto Club Road to the Future candidate Troy Coughlin, Jr. drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster; former Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon is the driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster; J.R. Todd is the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. Connie Kalitta serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car and Rob Flynn on the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster. Jim Oberhofer leads the efforts on both the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster and the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster. He is assisted by Troy Fasching on the Mac Tools dragster and Glen Huszar and Nick Casertano on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Global Electronic Technology, JEGS, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Racing Electronics, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, SPY Optic, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota, WIX Filters and Ziebart

SealMaster Crew Chief Connie Kalitta Honored with First NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award

SealMaster Crew Chief and Kalitta Motorsports founder and owner Connie Kalitta was honored last night at the season-ending Mello Yello Awards banquet with NHRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time in NHRA history that this award has been given. 

Kalitta’s honor received the first standing ovation of the evening as NHRA President Peter Clifford addressed the crowd with some of Kalitta’s incredible achievements. A video tribute followed with all four of Kalitta’s current full-time drivers: Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd and Del Worsham, team Vice-President of Operations Jim Oberhofer, NHRA legends Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, and rival team owners John Force and Don Schumacher speaking on what Kalitta meant to the sport and how far reaching his impact has truly been.

Escorted to the stage by Oberhofer, nephew Doug Kalitta and grandson Corey Kalitta, son of the late Scott Kalitta, Connie Kalitta recieved his one-of-a-kind trophy and made remarks.

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

Kalitta, known as “The Bounty Hunter” as a driver, was the first racer to reach the 200 mph mark at an NHRA sanctioned event. He was inducted 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.

His team, Kalitta Motorsports, ended 2016 with their most successful season on record as Team Kalitta’s four full-time teams earned a combined 131 round wins. Kalitta will continue to have a major part of the NHRA for many years to come as his team expands to six entries beginning in the 2017 season with rookie driver Troy Coughlin Jr. and veteran Paul Lee joining Team Kalitta on a part-time basis to compete alongside DeJoria, Kalitta, Todd and Worsham.

SealMaster, Kalitta Motorsports Extend Partnership through 2017 NHRA Season

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SANDUSKY, Ohio, (October 19, 2016) SealMaster, the pavement maintenance industry’s one-stop source for materials, products, and equipment, and Kalitta Motorsports are pleased to announce a contract extension for the 2017 season. SealMaster will continue as the primary partner on J.R. Todd’s Top Fuel dragster for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season. SealMaster will remain an associate partner on the Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta and Funny Cars driven by Alexis DeJoria and Del Worsham. Associate partnership has also been extended to the Top Fuel dragster Troy Coughlin, Jr. will race.

SealMaster will also enter into its fourth year headlining the NHRA SealMaster Track Walk, which kicks off before racing begins on the final day of each Mello Yello Series event. The tradition calls fans to the dragstrip to experience its sticky, glue-like traction first-hand with drivers and other celebrities who traditionally lead the walk.

“We’ve had three great seasons with Kalitta Motorsports and the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) and we’re looking forward to another in 2017,” says SealMaster Franchise Director Rick Simon. “Our brand is aligned with a talented driver on a highly regarded team, and it’s been wonderful connecting with NHRA fans. Our partnership also continues to raise awareness of SealMaster and our industry as a whole. It’s good for the brand and good for our customers.”

“It is always exciting to announce a partnership renewal, especially with SealMaster,” says Todd. They are truly some of the greatest people to work with. It has been an awesome season representing all of the incredible SealMaster franchisees and I am thrilled to be able to do the same for the entire 2017 season as well. I have been welcomed into the SealMaster family and they always come out in huge groups to support us on track as well. We did a lot of good this season, but I am ready to see what 2017 will offer in this SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster.”

SealMaster franchisees manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Franchisees serve contractors, public and private road maintenance departments, property managers and others charged with pavement maintenance and preservation. The franchise system first signed with Kalitta Motorsports in 2014 as an associate partner of the Top Fuel dragsters driven by Kalitta and Todd. In 2015, the relationship expanded to the primary level for two races with Todd before becoming Todd’s title partner for the entire 2016 season.

Todd has taken the fan-favorite SealMaster scheme to his career-best season, with a new high in round wins and matching his rookie year total of four final round appearances. He gave SealMaster its first win as a primary partner with a victory at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals in July. Todd clinched his third consecutive Countdown for the Championship appearance with a semi-final effort in Seattle and has ranked among the top eight drivers in the Top Fuel standings after every race this season.

“SealMaster has truly embraced this program and it has been great to see,” says Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “Each week we welcome franchisees and their guests to the track, and to see the joy on their faces is awesome. SealMaster has become a big part of the Team Kalitta family and we look forward to this relationship continuing for many years to come.”

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SealMaster, the One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed distributors in Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Sweden; and distribution in more than 50 countries. Through its franchise system, SealMaster distributes a full line of pavement maintenance products, tools and equipment for asphalt, concrete and sport surfacing. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others rely on SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify paved assets.

 

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) Mello Yello 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 six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Fox Sports: Doug Kalitta wins by less than 0.0001 second in NHRA Top Fuel final!

SealMaster NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel partners Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd now hold the distinction of running the closest race in NHRA history. With yesterday’s win, Doug Kalitta holds the No. 1 position in NHRA Mello Yello Series points and J.R. Todd stands at No. 5. It’s great to be a part of the  excitement surrounding the closest contest NHRA has ever seen! Please join us in extending  congratulations to  the entire Kalitta Motorsports family. Read the Fox Sports story Watch the race

Associa Partners with SealMaster for Community Pavement Maintenance and Preservation Projects

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Associa, the worldwide leader in community association management has officially partnered with SealMaster to offer property managers and homeowners within the Associa network the best sourcing solution for pavement maintenance products and equipment. SealMaster is an official partner with firm’s Associa Advantage program, which fosters excellence in community association management.

“SealMaster’s excellent reputation and international marketplace make them a perfect partner for Associa and its communities around the globe,” says Associa Advantage President Jennifer Shannon. “Homeowner and condo associations are always looking for cost-effective ways to keep the neighborhood looking good and now our managed communities can save money on premier pavement solutions.”

“All of us with SealMaster are excited to build relationships with the people who work for and live in Associa properties. We share high standards and we’re committed to pro-active pavement preservation, which not only extends the service life of paved assets, but dramatically impacts curb appeal and first impressions,” says SealMaster National Account Representative Ryan Strzalka. “We will work with Associa communities to put plans into place that can more than double the service life of paved assets, including tennis and pickleball courts and other sport surfaces.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers to lead NHRA SealMaster Track Walk with Top Fuel Pilot J.R. Todd April 24
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CHARLOTTE, NC. (April 7, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports and J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, are pleased to welcome NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and ThorSport Racing drivers Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes to the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The drivers will join Todd in participating in the SealMaster Track Walk prior to the beginning of the NHRA race action.

ThorSport Racing and SealMaster, the most trusted name in pavement maintenance for more than 40 years, are part of the ThorWorks Family of Brands. SealMaster is in first season as the primary sponsor of Todd’s Top Fuel dragster and is an associate partner on the remainder of the Team Kalitta NHRA entries driven by Las Vegas winner Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta and Del Worsham.

“It is always interesting to have drivers from other motorsports to the track and get to show them what we do,” said Todd. “I am excited to have my NASCAR teammates to the drag strip and let them experience some of the NHRA racing action.” Todd debuted the new look SealMaster ride to a semi-final finish in Pomona and returned to the semi-finals this past weekend in Las Vegas. He currently ranks sixth in the point standings.

Abreu is the two-time, and defending Chili Bowl Nationals Champion and is in his rookie season in the NCWTS with ThorSport Racing. Crafton, the only driver to win back-to-back championship titles in the NCWTS, is coming off a career-best 2015 season with six race wins. Hayley is in his sophomore season with ThorSport Racing and is the only full-time Canadian driver in the NCWTS. Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, started his NCWTS rookie season off with back-to-back top-10 finishes at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, and Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

“Personally inviting drivers from our sister company, ThorSport Racing, to the 4-Wides is just one more example of the great job J.R. and Kalitta Motorsports do to serve partners and introduce fans of other teams and sports to the world of NHRA drag racing,” says SealMaster Communications Director Debbie Hufford.

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J.R. Todd to pilot SealMaster Top Fuel dragster full time in NHRA’s 2016
Mello Yello Series

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SealMaster and Kalitta Motorsports are pleased to announce SealMaster will become the primary sponsor of the Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd for the entire 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series.

“After having top-notch experiences with Kalitta Motorsports, the NHRA and their fans for the past two years, we decided to take our partnership to a more prominent level in 2016,” says Rick Simon, director of franchise operations. “J.R. Todd is a great driver and stand-up guy. He represented us in a SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster in Norwalk and Denver last year and the exposure our brand received for both events was quite eye-opening,” he adds. “Our involvement with Kalitta Motorsports and the NHRA gives us a great national platform to share who we are and what we do: We’re the one-stop source for pavement maintenance supplies and equipment,” Simon adds.

SealMaster will also have a role in the remainder of Team Kalitta’s entries as it returns to sponsor Doug Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster for the third season, while adding 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Champion Del Worsham’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Alexis DeJoria’s Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car to their sponsorship portfolio.

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.57.15 PM“First, I cannot thank SealMaster and all of their franchisees for stepping up in a big way and sponsoring the entire season on my car,” said Todd. “Over the past two years, having SealMaster as an associate partner, I’ve met a lot of their franchise owners and customers and I could not be more thrilled to be the driver to represent them in NHRA action. This announcement makes me even more excited for the new season. I know we are going to take the SealMaster machine to the winner’s circle many times next year.”

“SealMaster has the same values as Team Kalitta,” said Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “The growth of this program has been amazing, and we are excited to welcome even more SealMaster franchisees to the race track each week.”

 

NHRA Drag RacingSealMaster will also continue its partnership with the NHRA sponsoring the SealMaster Track Walk every race weekend. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Team Kalitta personalities all season as they walk the surface drivers will race on just hours before the race action. In addition, SealMaster’s popular display dragster, the SealMonster, will also make several appearances on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Season.Those attending the National Pavement Expo later this month will have the opportunity to meet J.R. Todd between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on January 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center at SealMaster Booth #339. Additionally, the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster will be on display in the exhibit hall.

Those attending the National Pavement Expo later this month will have the opportunity to meet J.R. Todd between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on January 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center at SealMaster Booth #339. Additionally, the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster will be on display in the exhibit hall.

 

SealMaster franchisees manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Franchisees serve contractors, public and private road maintenance departments, property managers and others charged with pavement maintenance and preservation. The company’s products and equipment are sold in every state where the NHRA Mello Yello Series races.
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SealMaster is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 loca-tions in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed distributors in Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, Sweden and the United Kingdom; and distribution in more than 50 countries. Through its franchise system, SealMaster distributes a full line of pavement maintenance products, tools and equipment for asphalt, concrete and sport surfacing
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) Mello Yello 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 Motor-sports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world champion-ships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.