Chesterfield MI – Preparation is underway for Capaldi Racing for their home town event as the Pirelli World Challenge is set to visit the Motor City and the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for rounds 5 & 6 of the championship. The team is set to return to the track fielding once again three cars in GTS. Brad Adams and Craig Capaldi are both returning to the streets of Belle Isle and hope to help kick start Tony Buffomante's first visit to the 2.3 mile temporary street circuit.
Photo by Melissa K. Smith Taking a step back to the opening rounds, getting to Detroit has been full of highs and lows. For round 1, team mates Brad Adams in the #96 (WHO DAT / VooDoo Music / Dat Dog / Capaldi Racing /BOSS 302)and newcomer Tony Buffomante in the #33 Capaldi Racing / Ford Racing / BOSS 302 were set to start the 2014 season off with solid finishes. Adams would qualify in the 15th starting position but after a solid run into the top ten, the #96 would eventually have to pit for repairs after a mid race mistake by a fellow competitor put Adams into a tire wall. Brad fought back to eventually finish the day in 17th. Buffomante started his freshmen year in World Challenge strong putting the #33 in the 5th place starting position during qualifying. Come race day, after battling throughout the top five for the 50 minute race, Tony came just shy of the podium finishing in 4th place. "The weekend was a great start to our championship hunt, the team just got the car finished and practice one was the first time the car had seen a track. Tony had never run here before so coming out of here with a solid finish is great" stated team owner Leo Capaldi.
Round 2 took the team to the historic Long Beach Grand Prix and after promising results in round 1 the team was enthusiastic. Brad Adams returned to the famed circuit which has brought him good results in the past and quickly was up to speed posting the 11th best lap time during qualifying. The team focused on chassis improvements on the #96 for race day but bad luck struck Adams as a mechanical issue halted his forward march. Adams hung onto the pack amidst only having 7 cylinders pumping and brought home a solid 9th place finish. Meanwhile, after a stellar qualifying lap for Buffomante, he battled from his 4th place starting position to a podium finish in P2 after several attempts at the top step. "Just like St. Pete, I have personally never competed at this venue. Having two strong finishes in the first two events with an all new car is amazing, the team is working hard to get us that little bit more we need to stick with these guys up front but we will get there." Stated Buffomante post race.
Photo by Melissa K. Smith
Most recently, Capaldi Racing headed to Alabama and Barber Motorsports Park, this time with three BOSS 302 Mustangs in tow. Joining Adams and Buffomante would be Craig Capaldi in the #68 Wolverine Bronze / Ford Racing / Capaldi Racing Mustang making his season debut. The trio used practice and shared resources to quickly get the cars up to speed as qualifying quickly approached. The combined knowledge helped each in gauging the new facility added to this seasons schedule. Buffomante would find himself starting in the 12th position followed by Capaldi (13th) and Adams (17th) for round 3. As the race began to unfold, Adams would unfortunately be collected by another competitor in a turn 2 incident which would put him into a gravel trap in need of recovery. Despite the first lap mayhem, Adams would get back on track to bring home a 21st finishing spot. Fortunately, Buffomante and Capaldi were able to get through the first laps and begin battling for positions. At the checkered flag, Tony had made his way once again to the front of the pack coming home in the 4th spot. Capaldi meanwhile, had a race long battle with several competitors and while finishing in the same spot as he started, was optimistic about Sunday's race "I gave a bit up on the first few laps of green and had to really work to track down a couple guys, once we got there I knew the team gave me better overall package and I was able to pick up a few spots I lost. We will have a better showing tomorrow!" commented Capaldi. Race 2 for the weekend would mark round 4 for the championship and the cars would be gridded by the quick laps in race 1, Buffomante 9th, Capaldi 14th, and Adams in 18th. The lights went out for the start of round 4 and the cars raced towards turn 1, but just as fast as the race started it was over for Buffomante. Several cars fought for position entering turn one and the end result left four cars including the #33 damaged at the exit of turn 1. Through the debris and smoke, Adams and Capaldi managed to escape unscathed and would continue to carry the Ford flag to strong 9th and 11th finishing positions respectfully.
Photo by Melissa K. Smith Battered but not beaten, the Capaldi Racing crew is hard at work prepping the trio of entries for the teams next stop at the challenging Detroit Belle Isle. Catch all the action from Barber Motorsports Park starting at 4pm Eastern on NBC Sports Network this coming Saturday, May 10th.
Capaldi Racing Team Driver, Chris Capaldi, headed to the Streets of Houston for the final two rounds of the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge TCB Season – his first season of pro racing. Chris teamed up with Wolverine Bronze, Ford Racing, and Capaldi Racing to campaign the Wolverine Bronze Ford Fiesta in the Pirelli World Challenge TCB class.
He started his first pro racing season at Round 1 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. Chris put his front-wheel drive experience to good use, keeping the Wolverine Bronze/Capaldi Racing Fiesta out of trouble and finishing the weekend’s three races 18th, 14th and 15th, respectively.
After the Circuit of the Americas, he traveled to the historic Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. This was his first time at the tight 1.5-mile track. Chris started the weekend’s first race 17th , and was able to stay out of trouble until the second lap when he was hit by a Fiat which killed any momentum he had going. He was able to recover and finished the race 13th. In the weekend’s second race, Chris stayed out of trouble, running with the pack and finishing 15th. The third race of the weekend was a 40-minute race and again, he stayed out of trouble and crossed the finish line in 15th while setting his fastest lap of the weekend.
After a short one-week break after Lime Rock, the team headed to Toronto for his first international race. This was Chris’ first time racing on a street circuit so he had a lot to learn. He quickly learned the tight street course and delivered his best qualifying results of the season coming back with a 7th place starting position his best yet. He did what he had to do to survive a street race, stay out of trouble, and crossed the line in 8th place – his best finish to date in the Wolverine Bronze/Capaldi Racing Fiesta. In the weekend’s second race, he took what he learned from the first race and topped his race one finish, coming home in 7th place.
With the momentum of his best finish to date, he headed to his home track, the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. He started the weekend’s first race in 15th, and ran the race mid-pack while battling back and forth with those around him. He kept it clean and ended up finishing 13th place. He started the second race in 13th and avoided a multi-car crash on the first lap that put him up to 5th. He then moved to 4th where he stayed until he was hit by another vehicle slipping down to 7th where he finished the race.
For his next race, he headed to Sonoma Raceway in the heart of California’s Wine Country. He spent the practice sessions learning the 2.5-mile road course. He ended up qualifying 12th for the first race but had some contact in the first lap causing him to lose the lead pack. He kept going and ended up finishing the race 11th. In the weekend’s second race, he stayed out of trouble and got his momentum up and finished 9th.
Rounds 13 and 14 were a tough weekend for Chris at the Houston Grand Prix in the Wolverine Bronze/Capaldi Racing Ford Fiesta.
The grid for Round 13 was set by points as track alterations and time constraints meant Friday’s qualifying sessions were canceled which put him in 9th on the starting grid but an incident between Davis and Francis Jr brought out a yellow. During the yellow he was passed by 2 cars gaining one of those positions back before the restart. After the restart the #99 car of Alejandro decided to punt Chris into the tire wall damaging the engine & ending his weekend. He took 10th place in the 14-race TCB season which is not bad considering it was his 1st year in the Pro series.
Capaldi Racing recently was honored with the opportunity to participate in the Henry Ford Health Systems annual “Get Your Heart Racing” Event. The annual charity event is held in the Motor City and supports the Heart and Vascular Intuition department by providing awareness as well as through charitable opportunities.
For this year’s event, Capaldi Racing driver Craig Capaldi was invited as one of 2013’s celebrity drivers. The Friday evening event included driver introductions, fun filled auctions, and a chance for attendees to interact with the drivers they would be strapped in with the following day. To add to the excitement, the #69 Wolverine Bronze Boss 302R Mustang was also invited to be on display for all the patrons to enjoy.
Saturday the event shifted gears as the drivers and attendees were invited to the Ford Motor Company Proving Grounds in Dearborn Michigan. Craig received duties to give attendees the ride of their life on the handling course in a 2013 Boss Laguna Seca. “It was a great time, everyone that strapped in was eager to see what a production Mustang had to offer. I was happy to demonstrate! Some were eager, some were a bit timid, but by the end of the ride everyone had a grin ear to ear. It’s always great to get the opportunity to wheel a car around while knowing it is all for a great charity.” Stated Capaldi.
Lexington Ohio – Capaldi Racing recently attended the world class Mid Ohio Sports Car Course with their Wolverine Bronze Boss 302R for rounds 11 & 12 of the Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series. Team driver Craig Capaldi returned to action after a multi-car incident sidelined the Wolverine Bronze Mustang at the Detroit Grand Prix. With the hard work and dedication of the team, they were able to get the #69 BOSS 302R repaired with only a day to spare before the event.
After the first day of testing and the car performing flawlessly, Capaldi was able to put a time down that would stand to be the best of the Mustang brigade. The team worked on chassis adjustments to try and gain every last bit the car had to offer. As the team headed out for qualifying Capaldi strapped on his helmet and set out to get a good starting position for the first race. At the end of the session the Wolverine Bronze Boss 302R set the 14th best time in the very deep field of 29 GTS cars. “The track has been constantly changing from session to session, with the multiple series running this week the rubber put down from the Indy Cars has really challenged use on getting the chassis just right.” Capaldi stated.
Race one proved to be a challenging one for Capaldi. After battling in the top 10 for the majority of the race, a late race pit stop forced the team to a very disappointing finish. With race one complete the team immediately turned their focus to the Wolverine Bronze Boss 302R and the challenge ahead for race two the following day.
Race two would grid the field based off of race one’s best lap times, this was good for Capaldi as he managed to put in the 12th best time before his untimely pit stop. Race two would bring forth the “Standing Start” in which the Pirelli World Challenge is so famous for. As the cars lined up, the starting lights went out and the field was off…except for Capaldi. “I really tried to get a lot of heat in the tires on the pace lap so I would be ready for the first turn since I was on the outside, when I went for my launch I just stalled the car. I felt really bad for the team and my partners, I made a mistake and I was determined to make it up to them!” Now with the Wolverine Bronze Boss 302R sitting in the middle of the track, Capaldi got the engine fired and was off and running in the 27th position. With little words being exchanged over the radio, Capaldi put his focus on the task ahead as he caught the pack and started picking off cars one by one. After several late race passes, Craig was able to battle back from 27th to the 13th finishing position in the 50 minute sprint race. “I am happy with the result considering the circumstances, we will get these guys the next event! Right now I really want to just thank the team for their outstanding job in preparation and Wolverine Bronze for making this all happen, if it wasn’t for these people we wouldn’t have this opportunity.”
Catch all the action from rounds 11 & 12 from Mid Ohio Sports Car Course on the NBC Sports Network Sunday August 18th at 2:00 P.M. Eastern and follow us at www.capaldiracing.com
Honorary crew member Carter (front/center) was on hand for the race! Austin, TX - The #22 Wolverine Bronze / Band of Angels B-spec Fiesta driven by Chris Capaldi arrived in Austin Texas for the first race of the 2013 season in the Touring Car B-SPEC Championship. Chris is no stranger to sports car racing at the club level, but with the support of our partners is competing in the highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge.Austin would be the venue for the first 3 races for the TCB Championship and Chris used the practice and qualifying sessions to get accustom to the facility and the competition. After his first professional qualifying attempt, Chris found himself in a top 20 starting position.
Race 1 & 2 were run back to back giving little time for chassis and driver adjustments. As the first two checkered flags flew, Chris managed to steer clear of mid race carnage and managed to finish in 18th and 14th respectively.
After the first two races the team went to work on the car and Chris worked on finding some extra speed on his behalf analyzing the previous sessions data. Race 3 brought another beautiful day and another challenging race for Chris. Once again, the race provided a lot of opportunities for advancing position while juggling the mishaps by others. After trading multiple positions through the 45 minute race, Chris brought the #22 Wolverine Bronze / Band of Angels Ford Fiesta home in the 15th finishing position.
“I have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but so far things have been going well. The team, Capaldi Racing, has put together a great car. The learning curve is steep, but I know that with an experienced team and partners behind me we can set some goals for the season.” stated Chris Capaldi.
Next up Lime Rock Park, July 4th for Rounds 4 thru 6 of the Championship.
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