October 19, 2016 // Franchising.com // SANDUSKY, Ohio - 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.
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.