Funny Car champ Ron Capps carries momentum into team ownership – NHRA.com

May 24, 2022 by No Comments

Reigning Funny Car champion Ron Capps stepped into unfamiliar territory in 2022 as team owner of newly formed Ron Capps Motorsports. Still, behind the wheel of his supremely capable and well-recognized NAPA Auto Parts nitro Funny Car, Capps blasted into the new year with fierce determination and immediate proficiency. It was difficult to believe there was much challenge for the SoCal native in his new role as the man in charge, but Capps admits that there have been sleepless nights, and he doesn’t take all of the credit for how things are coming together.

“It’s really about the people,” said Capps, who currently occupies the No. 3 position in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Car standings. He’s claimed the pole three times in the first seven events, started the year with a final-round performance, and claimed his first victory of the season (and 69th of his career) at the Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. 

“We’re really one of the very few nitro teams that had every single person come back from last year,” he went on to explain. “To me, that’s even more impressive because off I go as a brand-new team owner, and I get to have a world championship team come with me. I’m sure there were opportunities and a lot more money thrown at these guys by other teams, but they all completely wanted to be part of this new venture with me, and it was emotional. I think that’s the reason for our success.”

Even before that, though, Capps was thoughtfully gathering advice from those who came before him in the world of nitro team ownership. His network of experienced resources was astounding, and during the offseason, other team owners — as well as some of his own competitors — checked in with him regularly to see what he needed. 

That included everyone from the Don Schumacher Racing front office and hospitality team to drag racing legend Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, as well as his wife Lynn, who had been an integral part of Prudhomme’s operation behind the scenes and was invaluable in advising Capps in his new venture.

“I had the luxury of a lot of really good people coming forward with support and answers to my questions,” said Capps, who drove for Prudhomme before racing with Don Schumacher for many years. “More than anything, they all talked about what a challenge it would be — but how important it is — to separate being the driver from being the team owner at the track.” 

Although he was prepared for it, Capps was faced with that very challenge at the second race on tour, the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, where he was defeated on a holeshot in the second round of eliminations. 

“I really felt like we had a car to win the race, and I think I let a little bit of the ownership hat get inside the car with me,” he admitted. “But it was part of the process, part of growing. Now I have the people around me make sure I don’t have anything like that in my brain when I go up to drive the race car on Sunday. It’s great to have [co-crew chiefs] Guido and John Medlen being so close. I feel like they know me pretty well now, and in Richmond, I had Guido sit me down and make sure I was focused on being the racecar driver.

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Source: https://www.nhra.com/news/2022/funny-car-champ-ron-capps-carries-momentum-team-ownership

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