Craig Capaldi wins Back-to-Back National
September 14, 2008
For the third consecutive year, Capaldi Racing drivers have filled all
three podium spots in the Spec Focus class at NASA's National
Championships. The Capaldi Racing lineup this season included Spec Focus
driver Lowell Marx in a 2005 Ford Focus ZX4, defending champion Craig
Capaldi in his 2005 Ford Focus ZX4, and Grassroots Motorsports club editor
Scott Lear in the newly completed 2009 Ford Focus. Scott had plenty to say
after his second Championship podium in two tries in Spec Focus.
"The 2009 Ford Racing Spec Focus was every
bit as fun to race as the Focus ZX5 that carried me to a podium finish at
the NASA Championships back in 2006. Driving a new
race car is a joy, as there's no need to constantly worry that some
older component might fail under the stress of wheel-to-wheel competition.
Sure enough, the 2009 Ford Focus was
bulletproof and consistent on track for the entire race weekend, never
missing a beat on the way to a solid podium finish.
Confidence on track comes from knowing that the aftermarket performance
components on your race car will take you
the distance. Grippy race tires mean more abuse for the drivetrain, but the
Centerforce clutch was equal to the task in the 2009 Ford Racing Spec Focus.
At Grassroots Motorsports magazine we often
advise readers that good tires are the single most important upgrade they
can make to their cars. A tire that can provide consistent levels of grip
lap after lap on a track is a necessity for competition, and the Toyo Proxes
R888 didn't let me down during the NASA Championships weekend. A glance at
the results shows that a lot the racers on Toyos had their fastest laps late
in the race. When you know the tire is going to be every bit as grippy on
the white flag lap as it was on the green, you're not afraid to push hard
for position". - Scott Lear
After a year long wait, Craig Capaldi was anxious to defend his title in his
new car that was prepared for the 08 season.
"Waiting through the off months was the hardest thing for me, I had a new
car, new Toyo's, and a new goal for the season...to defend the championship.
From the first test with the new Toyo R888's, I was very pleased and almost
shocked at the level of consistency they provided from start to finish.
Couple that with their predictability and I was very excited to put the new
car through its paces. Lap after lap I could toss the car in the corners and
receive the same feedback from the tires that I had felt from lap one. As a
driver, this really helps boost one's confidence knowing there is one more
element you can take out of the back of your mind.
In summary I would personally like to thank all of the following. Ford
Racing for all the testing and support that has been put forth in the Spec
Focus Series to make this possible. TOYO tires for their outstanding product
as well as support at, and away from the track. Centerforce Clutch for their
unbreakable and unbeatable clutch system. And lastly Capaldi Racing for
their ongoing support of the series as well as my efforts. Thanks to all for
the support". - Scott Lear
Class Spec Focus
1. #69 Craig Capaldi 17 Laps +0.00 (1:48.174) 2005 ZX4 ST 2.3L Duratec
2. #09 Scott Lear 17 Laps -25.118 (1:49.369) 2009 Coupe 2.0L Duratec
3. #68 Lowell Marx 17 Laps -31.839 (1:49.059) 2005 ZX4 ST 2.3 Duratec
4. #125 Chris Kisner 17 Laps -36.811 (1:49.712) 2003 SVT ZX3 2.0L SVT
5. #144 Mark Ryan Lapp 5 Laps -12 Laps (1:55.215) 2001 ZX3 2.0L Zetec
(Left to Right) Scott Lear, Craig Capaldi and
Leo Capaldi to debut 2008 Spec Focus Coupe
Leo Capaldi will debut the new 2008 Focus Coupe in Spec Focus for the 2008
The car will future the 2.0L Duratec motor, along
with the new Spec Focus Suspension from Ford Racing.
cooperation with NASA, Co-Series Directors Ted Severns and Leo Capaldi have
formed a Spec Focus Advisory Board to refine and expand the 2008 Spec Focus
rules. In addition to Ted and Leo, racers Chris Kisner and Matt Marks are
serving on the on board. Initial drafts of the 2008 rules are in process
with the publication date to be announced in the next two weeks.
The rules are being looked at with a focus on simplification, clarity, and
cost reduction with the goal being enhanced competition and growing the
series by encouraging new competitors.
To current and prospective racers, as there will likely be some detail
changes that may affect your off-season purchases, so we recommend that you
consider waiting until the final rules are published before making large,
performance impacting purchases in order to properly budget for the year.
Also, please watch this space for news and announcements over the next
couple of weeks. 2008 is going to be a great year for Spec Focus!
Links for the NASA Spec Focus Website
For the Spec Focus Rule Request Form
And the Spec Focus Part Request Waiver
CAPALDI WINS NASA SPEC FOCUS 2007 NATIONAL
FOCUS SHINES AT CAL-SPEEDWAY DURING JETFEST 2
2006 NASA SPEC FOCUS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP