Team Toyota just got a little bit bigger! This morning Toyota and Ron Capps Motorsports announced that they have partnered and starting this weekend at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Ron will field the Toyota GR Supra Funny Car. This addition expands the footprint of Toyota Gazoo Racing North America to three GR Supra Funny Cars competing for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship.
Group Manager, Motorsports, Toyota Motor North America, Paul Doleshal, had this to say about the new partnership, “Ron Capps is a proven champion in NHRA competition and all around one of the truly entertaining and engaging personalities in the pit area. The drivers that pilot not only our GR Supra Funny Cars, but all of out TGRNA vehicles in NHRA competition are not only talented behind the wheel, but also as ambassadors for our brand on and off the race track. And we couldn’t be happier to welcome Ron and his team to the family.”
Ron has been and continues to be a dominant competitor every time he rolls through the water box. The California native owns the second most wins in NHRA Funny Car history. The two time and defending Funny Car World Champion, 2016 and 2021, has 69 career wins, 68 in Funny Car and 1 in Top Fuel, to date and has made 131 final around appearances, 129 in Funny Car and 2 in Top Fuel.
Toyota will continue to support the GR Supra Funny Cars fielded by DC Motorsports and Kalitta Motorsports in addition to Ron Capps Motorsports along with providing their NHRA teams tow vehicles, engineering, technology and trackside support.
“For Ron Capps Motorsports to partner with Toyota is literally a dream come true,” Ron said. “One thing I’ve learned pretty quickly as a team owner is how important it is to surround yourself with good people, and nothing exemplifies that more than what I’ve experienced with Toyota already. The commitment, the passion and the history with Toyota goes hand in hand with our NHRA fans, and as someone who grew up in the sport, I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me to represent and join the family of Toyota drivers. It’s an exciting partnership for us and being able to debut the NAPA Auto Parts GR Supra Funny Car is one of the highlights of my NHRA career.”
Capps is joining a TGRNA lineup that includes four time Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence, three time Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown, US Nationals winner Alexis DeJoria, 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley, 49 time race winner Doug Kalitta, 2013 Top Fuel Champion Shawn Langdon and 2018 Funny Car Champion JR Todd.
During it’s tenure in the series Toyota drivers have won 138 Top Fuel races, 44 Funny Car races, 6 Top Fuel champions and 3 Funny Car championships and are looking forward to more.