You know... I thought time flew by at a fast pace during our NHRA season? But it is really flying by in the off season as well. The last few weeks of our season always seem to go by so fast with all the pressure of the "Countdown to the Championship" and on top of that the fact that we have those races crammed together at the end of the season makes the time really fly by it seems.
Well, this year seemed like it was even more so with all the excitement with our NAPA team in a fight for a Championship once again and of course if you follow my Twitter @NAPARonCapps, Facebook and Instagram, you know that I keep plenty busy spreading the NAPAKnowHow all over.
We had our usual trip planned right after the season finale in Pomona to Hawaii for some NAPA appearances on a couple different islands, but this year we also had a trip planned that was put together by legendary Drag Racer Graeme Cowin in Sydney, Australia. It was a big event with several appearances followed up by a great event at the Sydney Drag Strip, which is a world class race track.
It was a smashing success as I was the lone representative in the USA vs. Australia/New Zealand and we made some great side by side 5.80 second runs at 240 mph and put on a great show for the fans at the Sydney Drag Strip. The nitro drag racing in Australia is very different nowadays it seems. There really isn't any Nitro Funny Car racing, and as far as the Top Fuel division there is only a handful of Top Fuel dragsters that run with the performance of our NHRA teams here in the states on a consistent basis. As we found out in the NHRA, if you don't have good side-by-side racing, the fans are going to lose interest.
I was blown away by the amount of NHRA fans there in Australia that pay very close attention to our sport here and was in shock at the amount of race fans that were lined up waiting for pictures and autographs when I arrived at the track the first day, and I haven't felt so proud to be there representing our great team owner Don Schumacher and all of his sponsors at DSR.
I also got to meet some new people with the auto parts company called REPCO that is a partner of NAPA. From what I saw, REPCO has the same great reputation for auto parts "down under" that NAPA has here in the United States.
It was a great trip and my wife Shelley and daughter Taylor got to join me on the trip. They made their first trip down a drag strip in a very cool three-seat dragster driven by Graham Elliott. They are still talking about it! We are already talking about expanding the event next year and we can't wait.
We got back home for a few days and then I got to fly out to Indianapolis to DSR headquarters for our annual photo shoot for the new 2014 NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car and while the racecar will look close to the 2013 NAPA scheme, there are some small, but very cool changes as you will see.
We are headed out on the 9th annual "Cruisin with Capps" fan cruise and we are so blessed to have the fans that we have in our sport, but even more proud to have our NAPA racing fans that feel the same passion and excitement that we have ourselves.
We are also getting the house ready for all the relatives that will come for Christmas and I am looking forward to spending New Years at home and really just having a little down time with family and close friends and then before you know it we will be in West Palm Beach for our pre-season testing and I know that Don Schumacher, Rahn Tobler and our NAPA team can't wait to get our racecar back up to the front where it belongs.
See you soon!