USAC Announces ‘Golden Greek’ Award In Memory Of Johnny Capels

Johnny Capels
Photo of Johnny Capels courtesy of USAC

The United States Auto Club (USAC) has announced its Chief Mechanic of the Year Award will be named “The Golden Greek Award” in honor of the late championship-winning mechanic and USAC president Johnny Capels. The “Golden Greek” was Capels’ nickname, coined by Bill Hill of National Speed Sport News. 

The Golden Greek Award will recognize one nationally-licensed USAC member based on mechanical performance, team success, and more. A one-of-a-kind trophy and a $10,000 prize will be presented each December during USAC’s Night of Champions celebration following USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car, and NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

Capels, who passed away on June 9 at 86, served in numerous roles within racing, including builder, driver, chief mechanic, team manager, car owner, and series president.

“The Golden Greek Award is a way to preserve his legacy while honoring the present and future chief mechanics who have and will follow in his path,” said USAC President and COO Kevin Miller.

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