Jon Bockman’s repair shop was founded in 1964 by Bockman’s father Chuck. Bockman took the business - a three-bay gas station - over in 1999 and started to grow it from there. Bockman has been either the president or treasurer with the NAPA Business Development Group since January 2007. In 2015 he was asked to join the NAPA Advisory Council. His personal life revolves around his family, wife Liz and two boys Austin - a student-athlete studying mechanical & aerospace engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - and Owen, a high school freshman and dual sport athlete. In addition to Bockman’s business sense, he is also a second degree black belt in Isshin Ryu karate.
Bockman’s name was featured on the quarter panels of Chase Elliott’s No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS as a part of the Honorary Pit Crew Member program to thank Bockman for his dedication to the NAPA brand. Bockman started his day off with a garage and hauler tour and followed that by meeting Elliott outside of his coach. Then, Bockman was able to walk the red carpet to the driver’s meeting alongside the drivers, celebrities and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Later in the day, Bockman walked out to pit road where he was able to take a photo at the car and stand with the team for the pre-race festivites. Once it was time for engines to fire, Bockman climbed atop the NAPA pit box to watch the race alongside Gustafson and the NAPA engineers. The excitement continued as he watched Elliott contend for the lead and ultimately finish third in the first race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
How was your experience as NAPA’s Honorary Pit Crew Member?
"Today was an incredible day! Just everything about it was a once in a life time experience. I am so thankful to have enjoyed it. The best part had to be sitting up top for the race. Not only was I joined by Mr. H but Jeff Gordon too. It was awesome.”