Sonoma Pre-Race Report

Ron Capps

Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car
Sonoma Event Highlights:

Four-time event champion (1997, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Four-time runner-up (2002, 2005, 2016, 2018)
Two-time No. 1 qualifier (1998, 2021)

2021 Sonoma Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Semifinal finish (defeated Tony Jurado in E1, Paul Lee in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

Last Event (Denver):
Qualified fifth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Paul Lee in E1; defeated by Bob Tasca in E2)

Career Statistics:
597 races; 70 wins; 33 No. 1 qualifiers

2022 Statistics:
11 races; two wins; one runner-up; four No. 1 qualifiers


As a native of central California’s San Luis Obispo, Capps considers Sonoma Raceway to be a home track
Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car team have successfully advanced to the quarterfinals or beyond at each of the first eleven events of the 2022 season, and look forward to extending their first-round win streak this weekend
Capps is one of only two drivers in the class who can make this impressive claim

Fan Events:

Capps will join several NHRA Camping World Series drivers at a Sonoma Raceway-hosted autograph session under the grandstands on Friday from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Capps will join his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates for an autograph session at the Toyota Midway display on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“Sonoma is one of those events that I have circled on the calendar every year. Being from San Luis Obispo, Sonoma always feels like a bit of a home game for me. I have a ton of family that comes out and camps at the track all weekend, and it’s awesome to get to hang out with them every night after we’re done with racing for the day.

“This will be my first time competing in Sonoma as a member of the Toyota family, and I can’t wait. I’ve always watched their involvement with this race in years past, so I’m excited I get to be a part of that this year. We have a lot of fun events with a few area wineries leading into the race weekend, and then I’ll attend the Eric Medlen charity dinner Thursday night. On Friday, I get to shoot a ‘Wingin’ it with Ron’ segment with my buddy Ben Flajnik from the Bachelor, so just a lot of fun things to look forward to before we even get to the actual racing portion of the weekend. And then, of course, one of the best Friday night qualifying sessions of the whole year is the Sonoma Friday night session, and if you haven’t been, you’ve got to check it out; it’s one of the fastest sessions you’ll see all season. We always have a large NAPA turnout at Sonoma, and we’ll hold our annual NAPA wine dinner on Saturday night, so just a lot going on this week and weekend, and it all just adds to why the Sonoma Nationals is always one of my favorite events every year.”