POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2012) – Steve Laundrie spent a special day at an NHRA drag racing event while his two partners were hunting somewhere in Missouri.
Laundrie, 32, also hunts but had to remain in Orange, Calif., to take care of their Chapman Auto Care Center.
That enabled him to represent Chapman at Sunday’s NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season-finale at Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway where Laundrie was the NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member for Funny Car driver Ron Capps.
“I love drag racing and have come to Pomona at least five times for the big NHRA races,” Laundrie said. “But it’s never been like this before.”
Laundrie enjoyed the luxuries of Don Schumacher Racing’s NAPA Club Nitro hospitality pavilion where he received VIP treatment with a meal prepared by DSR chef Malcolm Clark, soft drinks throughout the day. Laundrie also received a NAPA AUTO PARTS crew shirt, spent time with Capps and toured his team’s racecar technology centers and had his name on the side windows of Capps’ Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
Prince Baggett, the District Sales Manager for NAPA Los Angeles, said Chapman is one of the premier NAPA AutoCare Centers. Anne Marie Renninger, manager for NAPA Orange, Calif., said Chapman excels in customer service in aggressively implements NAPA marketing programs offered.
“NAPA offers creative marketing programs that have been very helpful to Chapman,” said Laundrie who worked for Ken Scholl and John Pascal for seven years before joining them as a partner in the business two years ago.
He also said Chapman offers a lifetime warranty on many of their repairs.
“It’s another way we can provide better service to our guests,” he said. “And the NAPA parts we are so reliable that we can provide the extended warranty.”
The business recently changed its name from 807 Chapman Car Care that was tied to its Orange location at 807 W. Chapman Ave. because of a possible expansion with an additional location. Chapman is in the process of updating its website (chapmanautorepair.com).
Laundrie is Chapman’s general manager and responsible for day-to-day operations. He’s perfect for the position after graduating from Universal Technical Institute and becoming a Master Technician through Mercedes training.
Chapman employs 13 and is able to service customers with six interior bays and another outside.
It almost was a perfect race day to be with Capps, who lives in Carlsbad, Calif. Capps was on the cusp of winning his first NHRA Funny Car world championship but came up short when he lost in the semifinals and finished two points behind DSR teammate Jack Beckman for NHRA championship.