Ron Capps Las Vegas test notes

Capps fifth quickest in Vegas testing LAS VEGAS (Jan. 23, 2005) - Ron Capps, although not yet officially announced as the driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, impressed and was impressed during this weekend's ...

Capps fifth quickest in Vegas testing

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 23, 2005) - Ron Capps, although not yet officially announced as the driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, impressed and was impressed during this weekend's pre-season testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Capps posted the fifth quickest pass of the season of 4.759 seconds, and ran his career fastest speed in a Funny Car of 326.71 mph. His other passes included a 4.786/315.12 and a 4.812/317.34.

"It was a great weekend for us, actually," he said. "For a lot of these teams that were out here running it was more of a practice weekend. For us it was really a test session, because obviously I'm a new driver on the team, and I'm back together with Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and Ace is with a new car and a new chassis. And with Dan Olson's excellent input as co-crew chief it was all pretty much as planned. That was neat. If we keep this up we'll be great for Pomona (at the season-opener Feb. 10-13).

"To run a .78 in our first full pass, then to run a .75 in the very hottest part of the day was awesome. And to run the big speed, the fastest that I've ever gone, was terrific. This Dodge body is just a dream to drive.

"We're going to go to Phoenix and test there (next weekend) and just be ready for Pomona. I was probably the most nervous I've been in my career this weekend and it was probably the funnest at the same time. It's been kind of an emotional weekend."

"The cooperation among all three of the Schumacher Funny cars, with Lee Beard (Whit Bazemore's crew chief) and Mike Neff (Gary Scelzi's crew chief) and the teams is excellent," added McCulloch. "If we can keep the communications open like they've been this weekend we can race (John) Force."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher , Mike Neff