Don Schumacher Racing
In November of 2016, Ron Capps won his very first NRHA Funny Car World Championship. The NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team, led by crew chief Rahn Tobler delivered the championship, and a $500,000 bonus to Don Schumacher Racing at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, California. It’s Ron Capps first NHRA Mello-Yello Drag Racing Series world championship after being a runner-up a record four times. Capps rolls into 2017 in his NAPA Charger with a load of confidence looking forward to continue his impressive success.Visit Website
Bill McAnally Racing had a great 2016 with some fantastic results in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Todd Gilliland, the 16-year-old phenom, is in his rookie season behind the wheel of #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry captured the championship becoming the youngest in the history of the series to do so. Todd and BMR will be expanding their horizons by running the full schedules in both East and West divisions in 2017. The goal is to become the first driver/team combination to capture the championship in both series, we wish them the best of luck.Visit Website
John Lombardo raced his NAPA AUTO PARTS/NAPA Filters Top Alcohol Funny Car to the Central Regional Championship in 2016, bringing him his fourth Top Alcohol Funny car division/region champion. With 23 combined events won, he consistently delivers scary-fast race times and speed records. He is the Top Alcohol Funny Car Speed Record Holder at 274.39 mph. With those kind of numbers, Lombardo enters the 2017 Mello-Yello National Championship Series with a ton of momentum and confidence.Visit Website
Looks like in 2017 everyone’s going to be chasing Chase. Chase Elliott will enter his 2nd full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the #24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. After the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Elliott was named the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. High praise indeed, for the young man with the impressive bloodline. After replacing the legendary Jeff Gordon in that famous #24 Hendrick Chevy, it looks like Elliott is going a long way toward filling Gordon’s shoes.Visit Website
Kasey Kahne Racing
NAPA AUTO PARTS has signed on as sponsor of the Brad Sweet No. 49 car in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for 2017. Sweet, the 2014 Rookie of the Year in the WoO is a 21-time winner in the series. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Series is the country’s premier dirt track series with over 90 races at 50 different racetracks.
“It’s a great opportunity for KKR and Brad to work with a company that’s been part of auto racing for many years,” said team owner Kahne. “We had a NAPA in Enumclaw, Wash, where I grew up, and we bought a lot of parts there. It’s going to be awesome working together for the 2017 season and we’re really looking forward to winning races with them.” All of us at NAPA are pretty excited as well.
NAPA AUTO PARTS sponsorship entry into Indy-style racing started off with the biggest bang ever when Alexander Rossi captured the-twin checkers at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in his No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda. And again, in 2017, Rossi will be behind the wheel of the blue and yellow NAPA Andretti Autosport Honda. This proud sponsorship has again been extended and excitement is building for continued success in the 7 scheduled races this year.
“NAPA is a storied, American brand and I couldn’t be more proud to announce our partnership is continuing,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti.