Past Gas #220: Mark “Captain Nice” Donohue: The Genius Engineer/Driver Famous for Acid-Dipping his Cars

Past Gas by Donut Media

15-01-2024 • 45 mins

Mark Donohue never quite fit the look of a race car driver. But regardless of how he looked on the outside, his methodology not only changed the literal rules of racing but also the industry as a whole. So how did this All-American, Ivy League guy end up in a race car? How did he go from being nicknamed “Captain Nice” to “Dark Donohue?” And why did he pull that classic race driver stunt by coming out of retirement after only a year off? Today on Past Gas, we’re talking about Captain Nice himself, Mark Donohue. Thanks to our sponsors: Start the Good Habit at to save 10% off the Journey Pack today. Go to right now and support our show by saying you heard about Indeed on this podcast. More about Show: Follow Nolan on IG and Twitter @nolanjsykes.   Follow Joe on IG and Twitter @joegweber. Follow Donut @donutmedia, and subscribe to our Youtube and Facebook channels!   Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for free wherever you're listening or using this link: If you like the show, telling a friend about it would be helpful! You can text, email, Tweet, or send this link to a friend: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit