Seattle Pre-Race Report

Ron Capps
Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car
Seattle Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event champion
    • Funny Car (1998, 2016, 2018)
    • Top Fuel (1995)
  • Five-time runner-up (2001, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2019)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (1997, 2012)

2019 Seattle Recap:
Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1, J.R. Todd in E2, Matt Hagan in E3; defeated by John Force in E4)
Note: 2020, 2021 canceled due to COVID-19

Last Event (Sonoma):
Qualified second; First round exit (defeated by John Force in E1)

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

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


  • Capps won his first NHRA trophy in a professional class at the 1995 Seattle event while competing in the Top Fuel category
  • Capps has both Top Fuel and Funny Car wins from Seattle
  • The two-time and defending Funny Car world champ raced to a runner-up finish the last time the NHRA competed at Pacific Raceways (2019)
  • As an event winner in 2018, and runner-up in 2019, Capps is seeking his third consecutive Seattle final round appearance this weekend
  • Capps is currently participating in a fundraiser to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, and is auctioning off a bottle of his own custom-created wine. The auction ends this Sunday, 7/31, at noon PT. To bid:

Fan Events:

  • Capps will join his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates for an autograph session at the Toyota Midway display on Saturday, 7/30, from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“This West Coast Swing has really flown by this season. We haven’t been up to the Pacific Northwest since before the pandemic, and we’re all excited to get back up that way. Seattle was the sight of my first NHRA win, and I can tell you with the Canadians coming down and with all of our fans up in the area, we always get such a great crowd, and it’s a great race.

“We open with the first qualifying session scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Friday, and we know how that track can be when conditions are prime; it’s as good as it gets. I know Guido (Dean Antonelli) and (John) Medlen will be ready to throw down. It’s such a great race for our team with NAPA hosting so many of our wonderful fans from Portland and the Seattle areas, and I’m looking forward to seeing so many people that we haven’t been able to see since 2019.”