Ron Capps finished strong to end the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and 2016 started even better when NAPA AUTO PARTS and Don Schumacher Racing agreed to a multi-year marketing partnership extension that keeps Ron in NAPA colors for a ninth season.
Ron’s Dodge Charger R/T will be led for the fourth season by veteran world championship crew chief Rahn Tobler. This will be Ron’s 22nd as a professional NHRA driver and 12th with DSR.
The NAPA team has won 12 Mello Yello event titles over the past four seasons including two in 2015 that elevated Ron to second on the all-time Funny Car winner’s list with 44 NHRA Wally trophies. His first Mello Yello title was in Top Fuel as a rookie in 1995 for a career total of 45 trips to the winner’s circle.
He is one of 14 drivers in NHRA history to have won in both of drag racing’s premier categories.
Capps, while comfortable behind the wheel of his NHRA Funny Car, was pushed outsided of his limits today at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The NHRA driver started his day off with a pace car ride around the desert track. After that, No. 24 tire changer Chad Avrit – also a California native – taught Capps how to properly hit the lug nuts on the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet. In addition, Capps also talked in depth with NAPA teammate Chase Elliott on the engineering and data that goes into the NASCAR weekend during a hauler tour.
As the race time began to get closer, Capps attended the driver’s meeting with Elliott and NAPA AUTO PARTS crew chief, Alan Gustafson. Capps was introduced during the meeting and applause ensued. Shortly after, Capps and his family met Elliott on pit road for a few photographs in front of the car and the national anthem. Then as the green flag waved, Capps assumed his positon on the NAPA pit box directly behind crew chief Gustafson.
In all, Capps was all smiles throughout his day at Phoenix International Raceway with the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team!