BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Don Schumacher Racing has confirmed that longtime partner NAPA Auto Parts has extended its relationship with the team through a multi-year extension, starting next year.
The renewal was first reported by SPEED SPORT during the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in October. Driver Ron Capps tipped then that the deal is a three-year agreement, which would carry the team through the end of the 2021 season.
“We’ve enjoyed an 11-year partnership with NAPA and are thrilled to be able to announce that relationship will continue into 2019 and beyond,” said team owner Don Schumacher. “The longevity of our relationship speaks volumes, and we look forward to many more wins, championships and years representing them.”
NAPA Auto Parts joined the DSR family as an associate sponsor in 2007 and became the primary sponsor of the Dodge Funny Car driven by Capps in 2008.
Over the past 11 years, Capps and the NAPA team have gone on to win 36 races and 15 poles, as well as the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship title.
“It’s been an honor to represent the thousands of NAPA Auto Parts stores and NAPA AutoCare Center owners, employees and customers for the last decade, both on and off the race track,” said Capps. “Our race fans are as passionate as they come and I’m elated about our future with NAPA Auto Parts and our continued goal to be number one,” he added.
“NAPA is pleased to continue its primary partnership of Ron Capps and Don Schumacher Racing,” added NAPA President Dan Askey. “Partnership is the key word as Ron, the team and the entire Don Schumacher Racing organization are true partners both on and off the track. We could not be more pleased to have them represent our brand to the many loyal NHRA fans across the country. Certainly, we want to thank the fans for their continued support of NHRA and our company, and we look forward to 2019 and beyond.”
Capps is set to embark on his 25th year as a professional NHRA competitor, 15th with DSR and 12th with NAPA Auto Parts when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opens during the annual Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 8-10.
The 2019 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was designed with input from the veteran driver and will make its official debut that weekend.
Capps’ team will continue to be led by championship crew chief Rahn Tobler and assistant crew chief Dustin Heim next season.