Who else other than Master Fabricator Jesse James to unite the two things Americans love most – guns and racing! Jesse is planning to unviel the new Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) sponsored Top Fuel dragster at the upcoming 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Houston, Texas, April 25-27.
The sponsorship follows the successful launch of James’ signature firearms line, JJFU, announced late last year and combines two of his lifelong passions: fast cars and custom guns.
“My love of the sport along with the relationship I have enjoyed beginning with Scott Kalitta and everyone at Kalitta Motorsports brings this opportunity full circle,” James said. “We had some great wins with the West Coast Choppers dragster, and we’re hoping J.R., Connie (Kalitta team owner and crew chief) and the Firearms Unlimited team can do the same thing.”
Jesse joined the Kalitta Motorsports family for the first time in 2003 with the debut of the West Coast Choppers Top Fuel dragster driven by the late Scott Kalitta. Jesse has become a steadfast presence in the Kalitta pits, quietly helping tune wife Alexis DeJoria’s Patron XO Café Toyota Camry for the past two years.
The Jesse James Firearms Unlimited Top Fuel dragster will be driven by young and talented, Kalitta Motorsports driver J.R. Todd. Todd is a six-time NHRA Top Fuel victor and widely considered to be among the best drivers in the world’s quickest and fastest racing class.
“I loved the West Coast Choppers dragster Scott drove and now having the chance to work with Jesse and ‘the Bounty Hunter’ Connie Kalitta, especially in Texas, is something I could only dream about,” Todd said. “Jesse’s passion for the sport and Connie’s legendary status makes me want to win Houston more than ever.”
The design of the JJFU Top Fuel dragster will be characteristic of the Jesse James style, in-your-face and rebellious yet artistic. According to James, “It’s taboo bringing guns into mainstream motorsports, but the majority of the fans enjoy the outdoors, so it’s part of culture. There are a lot of fans that love fast cars and guns like I do so this is for everyone who isn’t afraid to enjoy life on or off the track.”