NHRA Funny Car driver Del Worsham parts ways with Kalitta Motorsports

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Del Worsham is leaving Kalitta Motorsports to rejoin his family-owned Funny Car team, Worsham Racing.

The 46-year-old California native raced the Kalitta Motorsports DHL Funny Car from 2013 through 2016, winning the championship in 2015. It was the first Funny Car championship for team owner Connie Kalitta. Additionally, he also claimed six victories, eight No. 1 qualifiers and 120 round wins during his time with the team.

“It was a hard decision to leave a championship-caliber team such as Kalitta Motorsports,” said Worsham. “However, there is so much unfinished business with my family’s team and I felt now is the time to do it. I am excited to see what the future holds.

“I cannot thank Connie Kalitta enough for giving me a shot in Scott’s car, and helping me achieve one of my ultimate goals: A Funny Car championship. I also want to thank Jim O (Oberhofer), Jon O (Oberhofer), Nicky Boninfante, the ‘YellaFellas’ and my Kalitta Motorsports teammates.”

This is not the first time Worsham has made an unexpected career change in NHRA. Back in 2011, Worsham left Al-Anabi Racing after winning the Top Fuel championship to take on the role of crew chief for Alexis DeJoria at Kalitta Motorsports during her rookie Funny Car season in 2012.

“I walked away from one of the best rides in 2011 after I won the Top Fuel championship, and I feel the same way now,” Worsham explained. “The time is just right and I know this is the right decision for me and my family.”

“Del has been a big part of the Kalitta Motorsports family for many years and we are sad to see him go,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations at Kalitta Motorsports. “He gave Connie his first Funny Car championship and has been a valuable asset for DHL, Toyota and our entire group of supporters. We wish him the best of success in his next endeavors.”

Kalitta Motorsports has already selected Worsham’s replacement, and will name the new driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car at a later date.