CAPPS AND NAPA TEAM TO SHOWCASE SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE IN RICHMOND Setting national record in Virginia a strong possibility DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 7, 2009) - On behalf of NAPA, Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car team will ...
CAPPS AND NAPA TEAM TO SHOWCASE SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE IN RICHMOND
Setting national record in Virginia a strong possibility
DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 7, 2009) - On behalf of NAPA, Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car team will showcase Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer advocacy organization, at this weekend's Fourth Annual NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsport Park, located outside of Richmond, Va.
The body of the NAPA Dodge will sport a brilliant paint scheme as part of a unique initiative designed to raise $250,000 by highlighting the importance of preventive maintenance for both the body and the vehicle.
"We recognize the devastating effects cancer has on both the mind and body and are excited to actively join the millions fighting for a cure each day," said Bob Susor, NAPA President. "Our $250,000 donation is made on behalf of everyone affiliated with NAPA, as all of us care deeply for those affected by this debilitating disease." The partnership includes a number of initiatives designed to help raise awareness: * Consumers who spend $25 or more at participating NAPA AUTO PARTS Stores or NAPA AutoCare Centers during the month of October receive a unique NAPA/Susan G. Komen for the Cure travel mug free.
* The NAPA No. 55 NASCAR Sprint Cup Car will feature a Susan G. Komen for the Cure paint scheme Oct. 17 in Charlotte, N.C., (broadcast on ABC) while the NAPA NHRA Funny Car will feature a similar paint scheme Oct. 9-11 in Richmond, Va. (broadcast on ESPN2). "Our service technicians preach the importance of regular preventive maintenance for your vehicle and the same principle applies for the attention your body needs," added Susor. Approximately 87 percent of donations, like the one from NAPA, go directly toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s promise to end breast cancer forever by funding live-saving research and community outreach projects. More details can be found at www.NAPAOnline.com
"I am proud to be a part of this unique initiative to support a great cause," said Capps, who has previously helped raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure through his racing efforts apart from competing in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.
As for his effort this weekend to keep himself in the hunt for his first Funny Car championship in the fourth of six events of the Countdown to 1 playoffs: "We're pretty sure the weather conditions in Richmond are going to be much like they were last year," said Capps, who is fifth in the Countdown to 1 playoffs standings, just 88 points out of first place. "There were some outstanding runs last year when the track cooled off. We really needed a great run in Memphis (last weekend plus Monday) to get back in the hunt, and that's what we got.
"And now it's encouraging for us, and we're just hopeful the track can hold the power the teams are expected to put down. But, personally, I feel Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and the NAPA guys gave a good handle on our race car after bringing our 'old' chassis back out.
"Robert Hight went 4-flat (elapsed time) there last year and there were some low 4.0s. It could be risky, but there are 20 points looming out there for anybody who can break the national record, which we hold right now (4.023 seconds), and to back it up by one percent that same weekend.
"Don't think there's not going to be some teams shooting for that. Those extra 20 points could decide a championship," added Capps, who was runner-up in Virginia in 2000 and 2007.