Drag Racing Online: The Magazine

Volume VIII, Issue 7, Page

Do the drivers pay dues to it or anything?

CAPPS: I don't. Maybe Don (Schumacher) does. I should probably know that. With PRO, I don't really know how the whole thing works, that's a good question. It's probably covered under Don's deal. Hopefully he's paying my dues.

Earlier you mentioned that you drive other kinds of race cars. Do you have any serious plans to race other cars competitively? You were the first drag racer to drive an IROC car, you've tested a Busch car out I understand. You've raced a midget in the Chili Bowl and you won the formula Dodge race in Ohio.

CAPPS:   First of all and foremost, I'm too old to make a career switch like that. There was a chance to go do circle track racing. It was brought up last year when I was going to switch teams. 

At a fairly high level?

CAPPS: Yeah, but NASCAR-land, they're getting these 18- and 19-year-olds that are coming up now. A guy just can't go over there and expect to jump right in, even in the Busch series. There was even an IRL deal that came up. I don't think it would have been wise. I love my sport, I love what I do. I'm just too old to make a switch like that. I'm at the top of our game, driving a Funny Car doesn't get any more exciting than any other sports. It's exciting to do those, but there's no way I'd make a full time change. The IROC thing could possibly happen. That to me is like running NASCAR, it's the same thing. I went to test with them and learned drafting from the best over there. That was a fun, fun time and if it works out that I could go run it next year, which might happen now, it's going to be fun.

I'm running the big Eldora (Ohio circle track owned by Tony Stewart) with Tony Stewart. They just announced (Dale Earnhardt) Junior, Mark Martin, and McMurray are going to attend, so being invited to do that at a track like Eldora, it was awesome. It's fun to go do that. I get to talk and mingle with other drivers from other sports – there’s not as much pressure and we get to talk and catch up. It's the only time we get to do that and then we get out on the track and we get to race each other, get to bump each other. I love going and doing that, I would just never make a full time change.