Connie Kalitta, famously known as “The Bounty Hunter,” is a retired American drag racer and the owner of Kalitta Motorsports.
He was born as Conrad Kalitta on February 24, 1938, in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
He graduated from Mount Clemens High School in 1957.
After graduation, Connie started his career as a professional drag racing driver and successfully raced until the mid-90s.
Throughout his career, he won ten NHRA national titles and became the first racer ever to hit 200 mph in an NHRA event.
He won the U.S. Nationals in 1994 after defeating Eddie Hill in the final round.
He also teamed up with a female drag racer Shirley Muldowney in a pair of Ford Mustang as the Bounty Hunter and Bounty Huntress.
Connie was inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1992 and was ranked at #21 on 2001 NHRA Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000.
He was once married to Marianne McGee. Together, the couple shared a son, Scott Kalitta.
His son, Scott was also a drag racer who later passed away in a car crash in Old Bridge Township, N.J in 2008.
After the retirement, he launched a cargo airline named Kalitta Air and currently serves as the CEO of the company.
He has accumulated a hefty net worth of $10 million throughout his career.