Ron Capps is an NHRA Funny Car world champion. After years of trying and several heartbreaking near-misses, the veteran Funny Car finally got the proverbial monkey off his back, officially locking up his long-awaited first championship when he qualified for the season-closing Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to hear those words,” said Capps, after being called champion by NHRA President Peter Clifford. “I can’t even tell you, man. I’ve been trying to do this for so long, and I almost gave up on that fact and said, ‘I’m just going to keep trying to win races,’ but this is for the fans. My fans and my team’s fans are the best fans in the world. To be Mello Yello champion and they can’t take that away from my name anymore, that’s amazing.