John Lombardo Jr. is rolling into the 2018 season with a new car and the same mindset that drove the NAPA Auto Parts/Lucas Oil Chevy Camaro Top Alcohol Funny Car team to nine total wins in 2017. Lombardo and his team patiently put a new racecar together while others put their first competitive runs in the books. Lombardo doesn’t foresee five months’ time elapsed or a completely new racecar tempering the considerable momentum he gained with wins in Las Vegas and Pomona to close the 2017 season.Visit Website
Kasey Kahne Racing
NAPA AUTO PARTS has stepped up to be the primary sponsor on Brad Sweet’s #49 machine for the 2018 World of Outlaws Series Season at Kasey Kahne Racing. Sweet, a native of Grass Valley, Calif. is coming off an exciting 2017 season with a career-best second-place finish in the point standings. Sweet and the #49 team accumulated 56 top-five finishes and an impressive 72 top-10 finishes in the 84-race season. Sweet rolls into 2018 with momentum and confidence on his side looking to best his runner-up finish last season.Visit Website
Reunited with the number synonymous with his legendary racing family, Chase Elliott in 2018 will pilot the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. Already a second-generation NASCAR champion, the 2016 Cup Series rookie of the year set career highs in top-five finishes, top-10s and laps led in 2017 while earning a playoff berth for the second consecutive season.Visit Website
Derek Kraus wrapped up his first year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2017 by winning the season finale at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California and capturing Rookie of the Year honors. The 16-year-old aims to continue that momentum into the 2018 season as he takes over driving duties in BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
Cole Rouse joins Bill McAnally Racing for 2018 as he makes his return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he competed in 2016. The 20-year-old is behind the wheel of the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry that won the series championship in 2015 and was in contention for the title the past two years
Don Schumacher Racing
In 2017, Ron Capps continuously proved why his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T prominently displayed ‘No. 1’ on the side. The defending Funny Car champion picked up where he left off from 2016, collecting round wins and event titles along his journey to what he had hoped would be another championship year.
Unfortunately, a first round loss at the World Finals sealed his fate, and Capps had to hand over the coveted No. 1 title for the 2018 season. While he may not have finished as the point’s leader, Capps was successful in leading the Funny Car class in with 8 victories throughout the year. His total of 12 final round appearances was the most of any driver competing among NHRA’s four professional categories in 2017.
Alexander Rossi picked up his first victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series when the rookie coasted his NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda over the yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016. In his sophomore season, Rossi captured five podium-finishes including a win from pole position at Watkins Glen International. This year, Rossi and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team have their sights set on earning Andretti Autosport its first championship title since 2012.Visit Website