A Fit Capps Eyes Road To Success in Peach State COMMERCE, Ga. (May 10, 2004) - Driving an 8,000 horsepower Funny Car might not be considered by most to be a strenuous activity. However, witness any Funny Car driver right after a 4.8-second,...
A Fit Capps Eyes Road To Success in Peach State
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 10, 2004) - Driving an 8,000 horsepower Funny Car might not be considered by most to be a strenuous activity. However, witness any Funny Car driver right after a 4.8-second, 320 mph blast down the quarter mile and more often than not, that driver is gasping for air. That happens when one wrestles a 2,100-pound monster that exerts six G-forces on the body at the hit of the throttle and reverses that to a near negative 5 Gs when the parachutes are deployed at the end of the quarter-mile ride less than five seconds later.
Ron Capps, driver of Don Prudhomme's Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car since 1997, trains on a regular basis at his local gym in Encinitas, Calif. to stay in top shape to pilot his Skoal Racing flopper.
"When I'm home, I go to the gym and train as often as possible," Capps said. "I do a lot of circuit training. I train with Brandon Bates, who also works with a lot of Super Cross riders like Chad Reed and Josh Hansen. Jeremy McGrath also works out at my gym. We work on injury prevention, trying to strengthen my neck and back from all the G-forces that I'm subject to when driving the Funny Car."
Capps, who turns 39 next month, is in his eighth season driving for the legendary Prudhomme. Prior to that, he spent two seasons behind the wheel of Roger Primm's Top Fuel dragster. The veteran driver knows staying in top shape is important as new drivers continue to enter the Funny Car wars.
"I've been training hard the past few years," Capps said. "I've always been involved in sports. I got into racquetball, playing in tournaments and professionally while I was in college. I've always tried to stay in good shape. More drivers join the Funny Car ranks and I want to stay as fit as I can be and stay on top of my game."
As the 2004 NHRA campaign enters the summer months, staying in shape will be an important factor to winning races. Capps hopes his off-track conditioning plays a role when the NHRA POWERade Series makes its annual trek to Georgia for the 24th annual Summit Racing Southern Nationals, May 13-16, at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
"I got to go to Atlanta when I drove Top Fuel back in 1995 in my first season of driving in the pro ranks," Capps said. "It rained out and I went to the final round on Monday and lost to the McDonald's car of Cory Mac (McClenathan). With the Skoal guys, we've done well there with a few runners-up. Every year that track seems to make improvements. You'll draw fans from Charlotte and Atlanta, so it's a big race for the NHRA."
Capps, who has struggled through the early portion of the 2004 NHRA season, feels his Skoal Racing crew is making strides towards returning to the winner's circle.
"I talked to the guys at the shop in Indy and we're going to try to qualify in the top half of the field and win a few rounds," Capps said. "We're disappointed with results so far. We know how much hard work the guys on our car have put in. Luckily I'm surrounded by good people that will continue to work hard until the results we hope for show."