BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 1, 2016) – Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car team could not have picked a better time for an astounding four-race, four-week run in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Don Schumacher Racing’s NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T team led by crew chief Rahn Tobler and assistant Eric Lane started the recent Eastern Swing ranked sixth in championship points, but after winning three of the four Eastern Swing titles with a 14-1 record in eliminations they have taken over the points lead with a 130-point cushion at the midway point of the 24-race season.
Capps won three No. 1 qualifying positions during the Swing with 27 of his 32 runs in the 3-second range including all eight in each of two events, which had never been accomplished before in NHRA.
“We have been on an incredible run and there couldn’t be a better way to help kick off NAPA’s fifth annual ‘Get Back and Give Back’ program to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund,” said Capps, who also won his three straight No. 1 qualifying positions to open the Swing.
The “Get Back and Give Back” effort by NAPA and its customers raised $2.1 million last year and a total of $5 million since 2012 to help the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund support U.S. military personnel and families affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Throughout July, NAPA customers can support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund through the following options with 100 percent of each donation going to the IFHF’s mission of building nine Intrepid Spirit centers around the country:
- $15 to $25 Rebate VISA Card by mail with the qualifying purchase of a NAPA battery, alternator or starter available at NAPA AUTO PARTS stores and NAPA AutoCare Centers, $1 for every rebate redeemed will be donated to the IFHF;
- FREE NAPA Racing/Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund baseball cap with any purchase of $25 or more. NAPA AUTO PARTS will donate $1 to the IFHF for every cap it gives away;
- NAPA stores are proud to continue their support of the IFHF by donating $1 for every NAPA battery sold;
- And NAPA/Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund T-shirts and bracelets can be purchased for $15 at NAPAonline.com. All proceeds will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
To boost awareness for the Intrepid Spirit Centers, Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy SS for Hendrick Motorsports, will feature a patriotic paint scheme at the July 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
“Together, we are helping provide much-needed medical and psychological care to our wounded service members, veterans and their families,” said Dan Askey, NAPA AUTO PARTS president. “We encourage everyone to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in their efforts to serve these brave men and women.”
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), the winningest team in drag racing history, has raced to claimed more than 340 NHRA national event victories and 17 Mello Yello World Championship titles. Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields professional teams competing in both the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series and Factory Stock Showdown, including the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driven by 2016 World Champion Ron Capps.