CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 30, 2004) - How does the old saying go? 'You don't get old being no fool?' Ron Capps is certainly no fool and with nearly a decade of driving experience behind him, the popular driver is arguably the most respected Funny Car...
CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 30, 2004) - How does the old saying go? 'You don't get old being no fool?' Ron Capps is certainly no fool and with nearly a decade of driving experience behind him, the popular driver is arguably the most respected Funny Car pilot in the business.
Capps hopes he can use his experience and driving prowess Labor Day weekend when the NHRA stages its 'Super Bowl' event of the 23-race NHRA POWERade Series schedule, the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 1-6, at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Capps has encountered his share of success during the Nationals, never qualifying lower than ninth since joining Don Prudhomme Racing in 1997 and earning the $100,000 bonus in the Skoal Showdown three times in seven tries. Having been tutored by the likes of Prudhomme-a seven-time U.S. Nationals winner as a driver-and current tuner Roland Leong, Capps knows what to expect when he rolls into Indy.
"I've been surrounded by some pretty experienced people with the likes of Snake (Don Prudhomme), Roland, Dick LaHaie, Dale Armstrong and Ed McCullouch; they've all done well at Indy in the past," Capps said. "You can't replace experience. I learned a long time ago how to approach this race. I was pretty much in awe the first couple times I came to Indy. It's such a big race, it's long, all the fans and sponsors are there. You have to pace yourself and concentrate on focusing on different points of the weekend. I've been lucky enough to tap into the experience that has surrounded me."
Capps and the green Skoal RacingSM Funny Car crew spent two days testing at I.R.P. to gather crucial data and familiarize themselves with the drag strip at the famed multi-purpose racing facility to ensure a solid outing at drag racing's marquee event.
"The Indy test provided us with a couple of different scenarios," Capps said. "Tuesday, we spent some time just testing, and on Wednesday, we spent our day on what Roland (Leong) would call practicing. That is making what we have better. It's tough to try new things during the race and this was the perfect opportunity for that. We're happy with what we have going into the U.S. Nationals."
Real happy is what Capps and crew hope to be feeling late in the afternoon on Monday, Sept. 6 with a "Wally" trophy in hand and a trip to the Indianapolis Raceway Park winner's circle to cap off the challenging two-weeks that make up the U.S. Nationals.