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PROUD JOHN FORCE ACCEPTS HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNOH

PROUD JOHN FORCE ACCEPTS HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNOH

LIMA, OH (January 10, 2018) – An emotional and proud John Force, legendary NHRA Funny Car driver, accepted an honorary doctorate today at the University of Northwestern Ohio in a special ceremony presided over by university president Dr. Jeffery Jarvis. The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his historic motorsports career and his dedication to racing safety.

“I never had this kind of opportunity. I learned on the race tracks and in the board rooms. I got an education at truck stops across the country,” Force told students and faculty during the special ceremony. “I am honored to receive this doctorate mainly because I saw the passion these UNOH students have for motorsports as well as their other programs. They are really turning their passions into careers here. I could not be more impressed with what I saw around campus and I am excited to be Dr. Force.” Continue reading PROUD JOHN FORCE ACCEPTS HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNOH

JOHN FORCE TO BE AWARDED HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO

JOHN FORCE TO BE AWARDED HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO

LIMA, Ohio (Dec. 28, 2017) — Hall of Fame National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver and record holder, John Force, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio at a special awards ceremony on January 10, 2018 at 1:30pm at the UNOH Event Center in Lima, Ohio. Continue reading JOHN FORCE TO BE AWARDED HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO

NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION BRITTANY FORCE SELECTED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM AND WINS TITUS AWARD FROM AMERICAN AUTO RACING WRITERS & BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION

NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION BRITTANY FORCE SELECTED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM AND WINS TITUS AWARD FROM AMERICAN AUTO RACING WRITERS & BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2017) — Brittany Force, the first female Top Fuel world champion in 35 years, has been elected to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team and earned the Jerry Titus Memorial Award.

Force, who earned votes for her stellar 2017 performance that included four race wins in six final round appearances and two No. 1 qualifying positions on the way to her first world championship, is joined on the All-America Team by Josef Newgarden (Indy Car), Ricky and Jordan Taylor (IMSA), Donny Schatz (Sprint Car), Martin Truex Jr. (NASCAR), Kyle Kaiser (Indy Lights) and Christopher Bell (NASCAR Truck Series). Continue reading NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION BRITTANY FORCE SELECTED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM AND WINS TITUS AWARD FROM AMERICAN AUTO RACING WRITERS & BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION

JOHN FORCE REMEMBERS PRO STOCK GREAT BOB GLIDDEN

JOHN FORCE REMEMBERS PRO STOCK GREAT BOB GLIDDEN
John Force, 16-time Funny Car world champion, on the passing of Hall of Fame NHRA Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden.

“We all know what Bob Glidden has accomplished in a lifetime. Feats that will never be broken, accomplishments that will never be broken. We know what he’s accomplished and what he’s done. He was the man. But there’s the other side of Bob Glidden, the personal side of Glidden, him as a person. The love that he had for his family, his boys and Etta. How he always treated everyone with respect, even if it was just in passing. That was the side of the man that I loved the most. He will be missed. I miss him already. But he’ll be with us every day.”

COURTNEY FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

COURTNEY FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (December 15. 2017) — Courtney Force, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, finished 2017 a career best third in the NHRA points standings. Her season was highlighted by a new sponsorship in Advance Auto Parts as well as five finals appearances and seven No. 1 qualifiers. She took a couple minutes to talk about her season long consistency, her sister’s championship and what she’s looking forward to in 2018. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

BRITTANY FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

BRITTANY FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (December 14, 2017) – Brittany Force, pilot of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, took some time to look back at how the whole 2017 season came together to earn her the first Top Fuel world championship for John Force Racing and the first by a woman in 35 years. Force ended the year with four race wins, two runner-up finishes and two No. 1 qualifiers. A strong showing in the Countdown to the Championship secured her first Top Fuel world championship.

Q: You finished the season with a three hat Sunday. Green hat for the No. 1 qualifier, yellow hat for the race win and white hat for the championship. Does it get any better than that? Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

ROBERT HIGHT RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

ROBERT HIGHT RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (December 13, 2017) – Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro, took a few minutes to sit down and look at how his second NHRA Mello Yello championship came together as well as how important the championship was to his family and his relationship with crew chief Jimmy Prock. Hight, a four-time winner in 2017, captured the second championship of his career on the strength of two wins in the Countdown and three No. 1 qualifying efforts.

Q: Was the second championship more satisfying than the first?

I believe it was. It was easier to win the championship in 2009 because we did it from the No. 10 spot. I don’t think that is possible anymore unless you win four or more races in the Countdown. Four out of six would be tough to do. All I had to do was show up in 2009 and qualify and it was over. I also think we went into Pomona this year needing to go round for round with Ron Capps. He went a lot of rounds this year and won a lot of races. He was the current champ so there was a lot more pressure on him. This one was more special. I also got Jimmy Prock back as my crew chief. I was pretty bummed in 2013 when John (Force) switched crew chiefs and he ended up winning the championship that year. I was pretty bummed and then Jimmy left after that. We were lucky enough to get him back and I was really lucky to have him as my crew chief. I always thought that there was some unfinished business. With all that and the difficulty to win in this class and how hard it is this championship is more special. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

JOHN FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

JOHN FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (December 13, 2017) – John Force, the 148-time Funny Car winner, wrapped up the 2017 season in seventh place in the NHRA Mello Yello point standings with a No. 1 qualifier and a win at the Gatornationals. The winningest driver in NHRA history’s season was highlighted with two more NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships as a team owner. Daughter Brittany Force earned her first Top Fuel world championship and son-in-law Robert Hight took home his second Funny Car world championship crown. John Force took some time to reflect on the 2017 season and talk about what’s coming in 2018. Continue reading JOHN FORCE RECAPS THE 2017 SEASON

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finishes third in Funny Car points after semifinal at Pomona

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finishes
third in Funny Car points after semifinal at Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finished the 2017 season with a career-best third-place points finish, racing to the semifinals of the Auto Club NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona – her fourth semifinal in six Countdown to the Championship races.

Force, of nearby Yorba Linda, Calif., took her Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to the semis Sunday, falling just short of a second consecutive final-round appearance at Pomona (she was runner-up in the NHRA Winternationals in February). Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force finishes third in Funny Car points after semifinal at Pomona

PEAK’s John Force wins Top Fuel, Funny Car titles as car owner, finishes seventh in driver standings

PEAK’s John Force wins Top Fuel, Funny Car titles
as car owner, finishes seventh in driver standings

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion John Force added two more titles to his team’s repertoire Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, with teammate Robert Hight winning the Funny Car championship and daughter Brittany Force the Top Fuel crown as JFR earned its first double championships in team history. Continue reading PEAK’s John Force wins Top Fuel, Funny Car titles as car owner, finishes seventh in driver standings

Championship Hights: Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns second Funny Car title

Championship Hights: Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns second Funny Car title

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight ran the gamut of emotions during the Auto Club NHRA Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

In the end, it was pure elation, as Hight captured the 2017 Funny Car championship.

“It’s been an eventful weekend,” Hight said. “Twenty-four hours ago, I wasn’t even qualified for this event, and we were leading the points. We got it together, got in the 15th spot. If you’re in, you have a chance, especially when you have a team like we’ve got with (crew chief) Jimmy Prock, (co-crew chief) Chris Cunningham. You just believe that those guys are a couple adjustments away from turning this thing around.” Continue reading Championship Hights: Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight earns second Funny Car title

A Force of her own: Monster Energy driver Brittany Force storms to Pomona victory, Top Fuel championship

A Force of her own: Monster Energy driver Brittany Force storms to Pomona victory, Top Fuel championship

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force made history Sunday at famed Auto Club Raceway, storming to the Top Fuel championship by winning the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

In doing so, she became the first daughter of the legendary John Force to win a championship, following her dad’s 16 Funny Car titles with one of her own.

She became just the second female to win a championship in the nitro categories and the first since Shirley Muldowney won the Top Fuel title in 1982. Continue reading A Force of her own: Monster Energy driver Brittany Force storms to Pomona victory, Top Fuel championship

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force grabs provisional No. 1 in Pomona, cuts into Top Fuel points lead

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force grabs provisional
No. 1 in Pomona, cuts into Top Fuel points lead

Brittany Force (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force snared the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot for the Auto Club NHRA Finals and inched closer to the Top Fuel points lead with an Auto Club Raceway-track record on Friday.

Force ripped down Auto Club Raceway with a pass of 3.667 seconds at 330.31 mph, breaking the track record for elapsed time.
Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force grabs provisional No. 1 in Pomona, cuts into Top Fuel points lead

Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to feature Big Machine Records’ Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ album cover for Auto Club Finals

Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to
feature Big Machine Records’ Taylor Swift’s
‘reputation’ album cover for Auto Club Finals

Photo credit: Getty Images
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 7) – John Force Racing announced today that Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force will drive the Big Machine Records Funny Car at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., this weekend in her final bid for the 2017 championship. Continue reading Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to feature Big Machine Records’ Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ album cover for Auto Club Finals

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready to follow in father’s footsteps as NHRA champion

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready
to follow in father’s footsteps as NHRA champion

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force has seen her father compete and win championships her entire life.

Now, in her fifth season as a Top Fuel driver, Brittany has a realistic chance at the 2017 Top Fuel world championship. With only the Auto Club Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway remaining, Force sits second in the points standings, less than a round out of first place. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready to follow in father’s footsteps as NHRA champion

Sixteen-time Funny Car champ John Force looks to close season with another Pomona win

Sixteen-time Funny Car champ John Force looks
to close season with another Pomona win

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – John Force is teetering on the brink of becoming a 19-time, maybe even 20-time, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship-winning owner in this weekend’s Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Teammate Robert Hight leads the Funny Car points standings, while daughter Brittany Force is within 20 points – less than a round – of the Top Fuel points lead, sitting second in her category. Force himself is a 16-time winning driver, and has two other championships as an owner, including Hight’s 2009 crown.

As a driver, Force looks to move into the top five of the standings as the 2017 season comes to a close in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, his home track. The Yorba Linda, Calif., driver is sixth in the standings, up two positions from where he started the Countdown to the Championship, the final six races that determines champions in NHRA’s professional series. Force also looks to add to his one victory – which occurred in the NHRA Gatornationals – in March at Gainesville, Fla.

“I can’t run for the title – I’m not in the hunt, but my teams are running for the championship,” Force said. “Robert Hight, (daughter) Courtney (Force) is still close – she might need a miracle – and Brittany’s in the hunt. That’s what I’m really excited about.”

Undoubtedly, no one in NHRA history has been as good as Force at Pomona. He owns 16 victories – half of which have come in the Auto Club NHRA Finals – as well as 16 No. 1s at the track. His last victory in the Finals came in 2010, when he clinched his 15th Funny Car title.

Force started the 2017 season strong, taking his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS to the semifinals at Pomona in the annual NHRA Winternationals. During that race weekend, he established then career bests in time and speed – 3.849 seconds at 335.15 mph. Both of those marks remain in the top-five of the Hall of Famer’s career.

“I’m going to enjoy Pomona,” Force said. “I’m going to go out there and race the race and see where it goes. I’ve got a good car. It’s starting the corner.”

The Auto Club NHRA Finals begins with a pair of qualifying sessions at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Pacific on Friday, and two sessions at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Elimination rounds begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Fox Sports 1 will provide live television coverage of Friday’s qualifying starting at 3:30 p.m. Pacific, with Saturday’s live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific. Elimination rounds will be shown starting at 1 p.m. Pacific on Sunday.

4-Second Reads:
John Force has competed in 73 races at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and qualified for all but four races. He has qualified for every race at Pomona since the 1988 NHRA Winternationals.
Force has 16 victories at Pomona, including eight in the Auto Club NHRA Finals. His last NHRA Finals victory came in 2010, when he defeated Gary Densham, Bob Bode, Melanie Troxel and Jeff Arend.
Overall, Force has made 25 finals at Pomona, appearing in approximately more than one of every three Pomona race finals (.342). His last finals appearance in the NHRA Finals came in 2014.
Force is 127-53 in 180 career elimination rounds at Pomona (.706), and 69-26 in 95 rounds in the NHRA Finals (.726).
Force has qualified No. 1 on 16 occasions at Pomona, including six times for the NHRA Finals. The most recent No. 1 at Pomona came in the 2014 Winternationals, and most recent NHRA Finals No. 1 was in 2013, the same weekend he won his 16th Funny Car title.
Of the 69 races for which Force has qualified at Pomona, he has qualified in the top half of the bracket 57 times. He qualified in the top eight in every race between the 1994 Finals and the 2011 Winternationals, a streak of 34 consecutive races.
Force is 50-19 in 69 first-round elimination matchups at Pomona. His longest streak was 13, between the 1994 and 2000 NHRA Finals.
Force entered the Countdown to the Championship eighth in Funny Car points standings, and is currently sixth, 81 points out of fifth and 30 points ahead of seventh. Following Sunday’s race, Force will finish in the top 10 in points for an unprecedented 33rd consecutive season.
In 2017, Force has one victory, a 22-22 record in 44 elimination rounds, and one No. 1.
Force has faced 18 different drivers this season in elimination rounds and has at least one win against 14 of them. He has a season-high four elimination-round wins over Del Worsham.
In his career, Force has 148 victories and 1,285 elimination-round wins, both records. He has 155 No. 1 qualifying spots, of which 60 have resulted in victories, also both records.
Force has qualified for 215 consecutive races, dating back to 2008 race in Concord, N.C. This marks the sixth longest streak in NHRA history and fourth active. Force’s streak of 395 straight races between the 1988 Winternationals and the 2007 NHRA Gatornationals remains the benchmark in all of NHRA’s professional categories.
Most recent NHRA victory – 2017 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Most recent No. 1 qualifying effort – 2017 NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Best time/speed at Pomona – 3.849 seconds (2017 #1 Q3); 335.15 mph (2017 #1 Q3)
Best career time/speed – 3.832 seconds (2017 Gainesville Q2/2017 St. Louis Q2); 337.16 mph (2017 Sonoma Q4)

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force wants to finish off season with first victory of 2017

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force wants
to finish off season with first victory of 2017

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – With three finals appearances in five NHRA Countdown to the Championship races, Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team have been a model of consistency this postseason in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car class. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force wants to finish off season with first victory of 2017

Auto Club driver Robert Hight on title battle: ‘Focus on the process, not the outcome’

Auto Club driver Robert Hight on title battle:
‘Focus on the process, not the outcome’

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – It’s all come down to this.

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight carries a 15-point lead in the Funny Car standings into the final race of the 2017 NHRA season, the Auto Club Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway. Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight on title battle: ‘Focus on the process, not the outcome’

Courtney Force puts Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet in No. 2 spot to lead JFR qualifying efforts

Courtney Force puts Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet
in No. 2 spot to lead JFR qualifying efforts

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27) – Courtney Force surged to the No. 2 spot in the second qualifying round of the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driving the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to a pass of 3.878 seconds at 331.77 mph.

Force bounced back from a Q1 run where she struck the tires and coasted across the finish line.

“Great job by my Advance Auto Parts team,” Force said. “I’m really proud of my guys to pull together and pick up two bonus points in our second pass and go into the No. 2 spot. Running the .87 was a solid run, and we think we can do even better tomorrow.
Continue reading Courtney Force puts Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet in No. 2 spot to lead JFR qualifying efforts

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes
battling for 2017 Funny Car championship

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight is relishing the battle for the 2017 Funny Car championship with his John Force Racing team.

Rather than worrying about the pressure of contending for a title, Hight is enjoying being in the position to fight for a championship. Hight, winner of the most recent race on the NHRA tour, sits in second place in the standings, a mere 24 points out of the lead. Continue reading Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight relishes battling for 2017 Funny Car championship