Capaldi Racing has been involved in nearly every professional road racing series across the United States, with the exception of one of the major contenders, the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am Series. The weekend of August 15th and 16th brought the series to Capaldi Racing’s home track at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course alongside the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Only one short week before the event was set to begin, the team put together a strategic plan to make a series debut in the #8 Wolverine Bronze / Ford Performance / Roush Performance/ Capaldi Racing Boss 302. Team principle Leo Capaldi called the shots as the team spent the better part of the week leading into the event getting the car prepared to run in the TA3 American category, the event would also include the return of team driver Craig Capaldi to pilot the newly converted TA3 spec Mustang.
The event started with team testing and practice sessions, after the initial shakedown of the #8 Wolverine Bronze / Ford Performance/ Roush Performance / Capaldi Racing Boss 302, Capaldi consistently showed pace placing the car in the top 3 in class after official practice sessions had closed. Now armed with some knowledge of the series and competitors the team prepared the car for the official qualifying session for Saturday’s “Next Dimension 100 Presented by First Energy” event. Unfortunately the qualifying session would be cut short due to other competitor’s misfortunes which lead to Capaldi only getting one clean official lap before the checkered. The team knew the car had pace but would settle for the 4th starting position for the 100 mile race.
Race Day. Under sunny sky’s the team lined up the #8 Wolverine Bronze / Ford Performance / Roush Performance/ Capaldi Racing Boss 302 on the starting grid as the ambient temperatures began to climb into the 90’s. The cars took the green flag and battles ensued for the next 75 minutes around the 2.25 mile road course. Capaldi dropped to 7th at the start but slowly started to attack the cars ahead as the race progressed. “The team sat down before the race and I had made it very clear to myself and team that this was going to be a long, hot, tough battle. There is no need to make mistakes or bold moves early, we will save the car and be there at the end” stated Craig Capaldi. That is exactly what the team driver did. After watching in the shadows as competitors began to make slight mistakes, Capaldi battled back the 3rdposition by mid race and was closing on 2nd position. After a couple attempts at gaining the second spot, Capaldi made a move and made it stick. As the clock wound down Capaldi was able to hang on for 2nd position in his first ever Trans Am appearance. “It feels great to stand here on the podium with such a historic series, I have to really thank our partners for getting us here and the team for giving me a car that was strong from start to finish”.
Tune in to CBS Sports Network Saturday August 29th 2015 at 12:00 P.M. ET to catch the #8 Wolverine Bronze / Ford Performance/ Roush Performance / Capaldi Racing Boss 302 in action from the event.
After what has been an up and down season for the team, Capaldi Racing headed to beautiful Wisconsin and the iconic 4 mile long Road America. In tow would be the two team entries of the #68 Wolverine Bronze / Roush Performance / Ford Performance BOSS 302 driven by Joey Atterbury and the #60 Roush Performance BOSS 302 piloted by Jack Roush Jr. Historically, Road America has been a place of great success for the team with 2014 bringing podium finishes. This year, the sanctioning body implemented smaller restrictors for the Blue Ovals heading into the weekends double race events. Capaldi Racing may have lost some valuable engine output but there is no restricting this teams desire to win.
After the events practice sessions, the team worked diligently to get the #68 and #60 to the top of the charts in qualifying for race 1 while working to have the cars consistent over the entirety of the race distance . The effort by the team and drivers collectively put Atterbury in starting position 16 with Roush Jr. gridded 9th.
As the lights went out for the traditional standing start in race 1 both the #68 and the #60 battled towards the front. For Jack Roush Jr., his battles carried his Roush Performance machine throughout the rankings in the top 10 eventually settling in with a 9th place finish. Although the team was seeking a better result, the #60 showed its pace as Jack Jr. posted the 3rd fastest lap time of the race which would put him on the inside of row two for Sunday's second race. Meanwhile, Atterbury was pushing his Wolverine Bronze Mustang through the field methodically passing car after car. As the checker flag was shown, the #68 would come home in the 7th position earning the "Hard Charger" award for most positions gained. Although the cars race pace was strong, Atterbury would grid himself in the 11th starting position for day two.
Race 2 was shaping up to be showdown amongst some of the country's top road racers as the field raced into turn 1. Repetitive of race 1 the #60 Roush Performance BOSS 302 battled with the lead group for the entire 50 minute event, but this time Jack Roush Jr. would improve on his previous finishing position to cross the line in P7. Unfortunately, the #68 Wolverine Bronze / Roush Performance / Ford Performance BOSS 302 of Atterbury would not have the same opportunity to fight the field. After jumping into the top 10 at the start of the contest, the #68 received contact on two separate occasions from two separate competitors all within the first two laps. Atterbury was forced to retire during lap 5 with damage and a failed suspension component.
After 10 of the seasons 18 races, Capaldi Racing with Jack Roush Jr. sit 9th in the championship standings and Ford leads the 2015 Manufactures standings.
Catch Capaldi Racing and all the action from the Road America Wednesday July 8th at 9:00 P.M. Eastern on the CBS Sports Network.
Stay tuned to www.capaldiracing.com for upcoming team announcements as we prepare for the next event at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course July 31st - August 2nd.
The weekend of March 7th and 8th at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) not only kicked-off the 2015 season of the Pirelli World Challenge, but also marked many new beginnings for Capaldi Racing. This was the first event that Capaldi Racing’s three new drivers (Dan Martinson, Nick Esayian, and Jack Roush Jr.) competed in under the Capaldi banner. It was also the first time that Nick and Dan have competed in Ford Mustangs.
The weather leading up to the event was cold, and freezing rain covered the track with ice on Wednesday night prior to the first day of testing, which meant that the track jet dryers had to be sent out in the morning to melt the ice.
“The weather was somewhat of a challenge leading up to the race weekend, as we weren’t able to get a completely accurate feel for where the balance of the cars would be,” says Leo Capaldi. “This was made more challenging given the lack of available track days for testing due to weather this past winter. However, the team did a great job in reacting with the information they had to make our cars fast.”
The race weekend consisted of two races, one each on Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying took place early Saturday morning with team results as follows: Jack Roush Jr. in 11th, Dan Martinson in 13th, and Nick Esayian in 18th. Each of the team drivers had moved up by the end of the first race, with Jack finishing 9th, Dan 11th, and Nick 14th. Both Nick and Jack improved their positions once again for the Sunday race, with Nick finishing 12th and Jack in 5th, and Jack set the fastest lap in a Mustang for the race with a lap time of 2:32.67 and the third fastest lap overall that race. Unfortunately, Dan was called in to do a drive-through penalty during the race, which hurt his chances of moving up the field.
“I was excited to fire up the season at COTA with my new teammates,” says Nick Esayian, driver of the No. 34 TravelClean Mustang. “Unfortunately we didn’t have cooperative weather in the run up to test some of the new goodies Leo and company had prepared for us, so the learning curve was steep for me. That said, the car is fantastic, and I think using what we learned this weekend, we will be contenders in St. Pete.”
“The starts were crazy as usual. I stayed out of trouble, took the points I could, and will move to St. Pete with a trove of new info,” Nick continues. “The team has a good synergy already, and certainly the crew is as good as any I have worked with. Always looking for the incremental gain after each session. When you look at the GT and GTS fields, it is a pretty amazing field of cars and drivers, and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Dan Martinson, driver of the No. 33 Gear Tie Racing Mustang, shares his thoughts on the event: “The Capaldi guys did a great job of getting the car ready for COTA and ran a tight ship all weekend. Everybody was great to work with . . . including my friendly competitors Nick and Jack. Couldn’t have asked for a better group to hang out with all season.
“I was pretty happy with my finish in race one given the fact that it was my first time in a Mustang. The learning curve was a lot steeper than I expected. If we can get the brakes dialed in and get a test day before St. Pete, we should be competitive. Overall, I love the series. Can’t wait for the next race.”
And finally, Jack Roush Jr., driver of the No. 60 ROUSH Performance Mustang, adds his own comments about the race at COTA: “I would first of all like to thank the team for a great first outing. Leo has assembled a top-quality group of guys. I’m also very thankful to have some of the team members from my team that have transitioned over with me. It was great working with my new teammates, Nick Esayain and Dan Martinson.”
Jack continues: “A top ten finish was not a bad way to start the season, but obviously, we are aimed at the front, and that’s where we are heading looking at our P5 finish and battle for P3 at the end of the second race.”
No. 60 Mustang driven by Jack Roush Jr.: ROUSH Performance, Performance Friction Brakes, Quarter Master, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Ford Performance, GoPro, Sparco, Meguiar’s, KW Suspensions, PROCAM, PWR Performance Products, RAM, and Eaton Team Sponsors
No. 34 Mustang driven by Nick Esayain: Travel Clean, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and Speed34.com
No. 33 Mustang driven by Dan Martinson: Nite Ize and Gear Tie Racing
Rogers, MN. (January 26, 2015) - We're excited to announce that Dan Martinson will be joining the Capaldi Racing Team in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships for a full season in 2015. Martinson will be driving the #33 Ford Mustang Boss 302S along side teammates Jack Roush Jr. and Nick Esayian in GTS class.
“As a rookie, I can’t imagine a better situation. Joining an established top team with experienced drivers and a highly developed race car will help me tremendously.”
Martinson began his racing career in the Skip Barber Mazda Speed Challenge in 2011. Since then he has spent the last two years competing in the Porsche Club of America, Intercontinental Trophy Cup, and 944 Cup Championship Series driving a variety of Porsche race cars. In 50 race starts since 2012, he has won 20 times and been on the podium in 35 of those races.
“I was hooked on the Pirelli World Challenge after I raced at COTA back in 2013 in a Pontiac Solstice in TC Class. Now that the series has split GT and GTS into separate run groups and TV broadcasts, it’s a great opportunity for me to make the jump into professional racing while promoting my products and brands.
In addition to his racing career, Martinson is the inventor and manufacturer of the Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Tie and Knot Bone Stretch Laces. Both products are made in the USA at his Xtrudex manufacturing facility in Rogers, Minnesota and distributed worldwide by the Nite Ize company in Boulder, Colorado.
“We plan to set up our Gear Tie promotional tent in the Capaldi Racing paddock every race weekend throughout the season. In addition to handing out thousands of free Gear Ties to fans and teams each weekend, we will be announcing a contest sometime before the first race at the Circuit of the Americas. So, if you are at the track, please stop on by and check us out!”
When Martinson isn’t racing, you’ll find him in Medina, Minnesota watching his 15 year old son Noah play baseball, his 13 year old son Jack play basketball, and his 10 year old daughter Ella dancing…or spending some quality time with his wife, Heidi.
Chesterfield, Michigan - December 12, 2014 -- Capaldi Racing is excited to announce a new partnership between ROUSH Performance and Jack Roush Jr. for the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge series. This development will move Roush Jr.'s home base from North Carolina up to Chesterfield, Michigan to race out of Capaldi Racing headquarters.
After several years competing successfully in the Continental Tire Challenge Series and finishing with ten victories and 24 podiums, Jack Roush Jr., racing with the ROUSH Road Racing team, moved to the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge Series for the 2014 season. In his first year competing in the series, the seasoned driver landed himself in the number five spot with his Ford Mustang Boss 302R, earning four podiums throughout the season. Roush Jr. is a well-rounded driver with experience in circle track, rally, and drag racing.
"I have known the Capaldi family for over thirty years," says Jack Roush Jr. "They are both great racers and great people, and I look forward to partnering both with them and the strong line-up of drivers on the team this coming year."
Capaldi Racing has substantial experience competing within the Pirelli World Challenge Series. "Our new partnership should really bring us all up a level for 2015. With four podiums in 2014 for our team coupled with Jack's impressive rookie season with four podiums, combining our efforts is only going to make us more competitive as a team," stated team principle Leo Capaldi.
Series veteran Brad Adams returns to GTS and the newly-united team in the crowd favorite #96 Ford Mustang Boss 302S (WHO DAT/DAT DOG/Voodoo Experience).
Also new to the Capaldi Racing team for the 2015 season is Nick Esayian - a four-time contributor to Manufacturer's Championships with RealTime Racing with 130 Pirelli World Challenge race starts, and multiple wins and podiums throughout his career.
"I have known, respected, and admired Capaldi Racing since my career started in World Challenge in 2004, so it is a real treat having the opportunity to race for Leo, Craig, and Sandie, and partner with a teammate like Jack Roush Jr.," says Esayian. "I am very confident that we collectively have the experience, resources, and talent to make a solid run for both the Driver's and Manufacturer's Championships."
Rookie Dan Martinson is making the jump into professional racing with Capaldi Racing for the 2015 season as well, piloting a Ford Mustang Boss 302R in the GTS class. He comes with a background in Porsche Club of America Club Racing Series and has won 20 races and 35 podiums in just 50 race starts since 2012.
Capaldi Racing has also partnered with Wolverine Bronze for the 2015 season as we continue to showcase their Low Volume Casting capabilities through motorsports
Capaldi Racing is looking forward to another season in the Pirelli World Challenge Series and is excited about this promising new partnership with ROUSH Performance.