Dominic Cape took in the moment to watch his driver Anthony Martin celebrate on the podium after clinching the Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday.
Sharing the role of co-owner with his brother Nicholas, the team has become a revolving door of success for any driver hoping for a chance at a championship and the all-important scholarship that insures a ride at the next level - the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
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The incredible standard being raised of a sixth consecutive USF2000 drivers title is something the Cape brothers stated as a bigger reflection on the team.
‘It means a lot,” Dominic Cape said. “Thinking of all the people that have come through the team and everything. The people who have worked for us: the drivers, the crew, the truck drivers, everybody really.
“I mean, it’s pretty impressive really. A lot of people put in a lot of time. Everybody works super hard and they all deserve it.”
The title picture heading into the 2.238-mile, 11-turn permanent road course came between two of his drivers, Parker Thompson and Martin. In most cases, two top drivers on the same team could have everyone divided, but not at Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
“Well for us it’s a team environment,” Cape said. “Everybody works together. They are obviously adversaries on the track, but it’s one big team in the end. So everybody has to work for each other.
“You know, when you get on the track you have to battle it out because it’s between whoever is on the team. It’s just like any other sport: football, soccer, baseball. It’s the same deal in our place. Everybody gets held accountable for what they do.”
Past champions such as Scott Hargrove, Florian Latorre, Nico Jamin and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Matthew Brabham, have all come up with Cape before they moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder as did Spencer Pigot. Having gotten to know so many young drivers come through his organization, Cape referenced the toughest part of the process is watching them move on.
“It means a lot (to watch these drivers win),” Cape said, as he began to get emotional. “It’s always difficult to see how they grow up through the years as a whole, all the guys really. It’s always hard to have them once and then not.”