A First for Famous Family
Louisiana’s Candies family has a very long and deep tradition within drag racing. Family patriarch Paul Candies rose to iconic status while racing a series of nitro-burning Funny Cars with his partner Leonard Hughes. During that time the team had raced many brands, but it was only until recently that the brand was Chevrolet. All that changed when Paul’s youngest son Brett Candies got behind the wheel of a 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. Brett acquired that car through Roger Allen Chevrolet. With work done by Roush Performance, the COPO features a naturally aspirated 427ci (425hp) engine. Brett runs a variety of classes and circuits with the COPO, including NHRA and NMCA Stock and Super Stock. The quickest the car has run is 9.07 at 147 mph with crew chief Jim Dupuy making the tuning calls. The newest addition to the Candies Family Motorsports team features associate backing from Strange Engineering, Royal Purple, Roush Performance, and Stanfield Racing Engines.