Category Archives: John Force Racing

ROBERT HIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP TO CLOSE OUT AUTO CLUB FINALS AND 2018 NHRA SEASON

ROBERT HIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP TO CLOSE OUT AUTO CLUB FINALS AND 2018 NHRA SEASON
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2018) — The finale to the NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series 2018 season may not have ended with the championship celebration many had hoped and predicted but the legendary John Force Racing teams all finished inside the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top 10 for the 33rd time in the team’s 34-year history. Robert Hight came close to a repeat championship coming in second with Courtney Force ending a career best season in the sixth spot. Team namesake and CEO John Force finished ninth and in Top Fuel Brittany Force finished fifth after leading the team at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Sunday. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP TO CLOSE OUT AUTO CLUB FINALS AND 2018 NHRA SEASON

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING INTO RACE DAY AS ROBERT HIGHT CHASES THIRD CHAMPIONSHP

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING INTO RACE DAY AS
ROBERT HIGHT CHASES THIRD CHAMPIONSHP
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2018) — The John Force Racing teams enter race day at the Auto Club NHRA Finals with Brittany Force leading the way in the No. 3 Top Fuel qualifying position. Robert Hight will continue his Funny Car championship defense from the No. 5 spot with Courtney Force close behind in sixth. Team namesake John Force will chase win number 150 from the tenth spot. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING INTO RACE DAY AS ROBERT HIGHT CHASES THIRD CHAMPIONSHP

ROBERT HIGHT CLOSES GAP ON THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FRIDAY QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE

ROBERT HIGHT CLOSES GAP ON THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH
FRIDAY QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2018) — In the chase for his third world championship, reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight lined up with J.R. Todd, whom he sat just 74-points behind in second place going into the weekend, for the first qualifying session at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona. Neither Funny Cars made it down the track and Hight coasted to a 6.130-second pass but wasn’t disheartened by the initially sluggish qualifying performance given the overall position he and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro are in. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT CLOSES GAP ON THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FRIDAY QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE

COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING TO END CAREER BEST SEASON WITH ANOTHER WIN

COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING TO END CAREER BEST SEASON WITH ANOTHER WIN
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2018) — It’s already been a career best season for Courtney Force, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car, with four event wins and 11 No. 1 qualifiers, not to mention leading the Funny Car points for 12 consecutive races. However, the team, headed by co-crew chiefs Dan Hood and Brian Corradi, is looking to end the season on a high note with a win on the last day of the 2018 season at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE LOOKING TO END CAREER BEST SEASON WITH ANOTHER WIN

AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS REPEAT VICTORY IN SIGHT FOR BRITTANY FORCE

AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS REPEAT VICTORY IN SIGHT FOR BRITTANY FORCE
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2018) — It’s been a tough season for the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel world champion that started at the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, but Brittany Force hasn’t let 2018 taint her fond memories of the Auto Club NHRA Finals as she heads back to her home track to close out the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

“We are heading into Pomona for the last race of the season, it’s the Auto Club Finals and this is where we locked in the championship last year. We made some history here last year and this is a big race for us,” Force said. Continue reading AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS REPEAT VICTORY IN SIGHT FOR BRITTANY FORCE

HISTORY AWAITS ROBERT HIGHT AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

HISTORY AWAITS ROBERT HIGHT AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, CA (Nov. 6, 2018) — Heading into the season finale at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona history will be made in the Funny Car category. Reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight is focused on making sure it is his name that goes down in the record books. In a tough Funny Car battle that has seen two of the top teams slug it out like heavyweights, Robert Hight will need to land a knockout blow during final eliminations but he could do some damage during qualifying if his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro continues to stack up qualifying bonus points. Continue reading HISTORY AWAITS ROBERT HIGHT AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

JOHN FORCE STILL PLAYING A ROLE IN SEASON-ENDING SHOWDOWN

JOHN FORCE STILL PLAYING A ROLE IN SEASON-ENDING SHOWDOWN
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2018) — Although he now knows he can’t win a record 17th NHRA Funny Car title, at least not this season, John Force has embraced his new role as master of mayhem in a championship drama that will conclude Sunday with the 54th renewal of the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway. Continue reading JOHN FORCE STILL PLAYING A ROLE IN SEASON-ENDING SHOWDOWN

BRITTANY FORCE MOVES TO FIFTH IN TOP FUEL POINTS STANDINGS

BRITTANY FORCE MOVES TO FIFTH IN TOP FUEL POINTS STANDINGS
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28, 2018) — With a quarterfinal finish Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals, reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force and her Monster Energy team moved their way into fifth in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings, a four-spot improvement from where she started the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE MOVES TO FIFTH IN TOP FUEL POINTS STANDINGS

BRITTANY FORCE LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION ON RACE DAY IN LAS VEGAS; ROBERT HIGHT ON MOVE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

BRITTANY FORCE LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION ON RACE DAY IN LAS VEGAS;
ROBERT HIGHT ON MOVE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27, 2018) — The consistency continued on day two of the NHRA Toyota Nationals for reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force. Force will lead the John Force Racing team into race day at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the No. 3 qualifier. Her Funny Car teammates line up with her father John Force in fifth, sister Courtney Force in sixth and points leader Robert Hight in seventh. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION ON RACE DAY IN LAS VEGAS; ROBERT HIGHT ON MOVE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

JOHN FORCE RACING FLEET ALL CURRENTLY QUALIFIED IN TOP FIVE AT THE STRIP

JOHN FORCE RACING FLEET ALL CURRENTLY QUALIFIED IN
TOP FIVE AT THE STRIP
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 26, 2018) — At the end of two qualifying sessions, Courtney Force leads John Force Racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Force will continue qualifying on Saturday from the No. 2 position with points leader Robert Hight right behind her in third and her father John Force in fifth. Her sister, reigning world champion Brittany Force, is the provisional No. 3 qualifier in Top Fuel. Continue reading JOHN FORCE RACING FLEET ALL CURRENTLY QUALIFIED IN TOP FIVE AT THE STRIP

BRITTANY FORCE RIDING RECENT MOMENTUM INTO THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BRITTANY FORCE RIDING RECENT MOMENTUM INTO THE STRIP AT
LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2018) — Entering this weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals, reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force is riding the momentum of a runner-up finish and No. 1 qualifying position at the most recent NHRA event in Charlotte. After struggling through the majority of the 2018 season, Force and her Monster Energy team seem to have turned a corner and, although it’s late in the year, it’s just in time for some redemption and a chance to end the year on a high note. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE RIDING RECENT MOMENTUM INTO THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

COURTNEY FORCE NOT AFRAID OF TOUGH ROAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP

COURTNEY FORCE NOT AFRAID OF TOUGH ROAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2018) — Still in contention for her first NHRA Funny Car world championship, Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts team head to a track that has treated them well in the recent past. With only two races left in the 2018 season, Force is focused on finishing the season strong starting with a win at the NHRA Toyota Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE NOT AFRAID OF TOUGH ROAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP

ROBERT HIGHT HEADS TO LAS VEGAS WITH POINTS LEAD AND DETERMINATION

ROBERT HIGHT HEADS TO LAS VEGAS WITH POINTS LEAD AND DETERMINATION
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2018) — To say the battle for the 2018 Funny Car world championship has been a wild ride for reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight is an understatement of epic proportions. After the St. Louis event, the second race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, Hight took over the Funny Car points in spectacular fashion, endured a broken collarbone and the ensuing surgery, picked up a win at the next event in Dallas, and held off a charge by his closest competitor two weeks ago in Charlotte. Heading into the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the two-time champion finds himself in familiar territory. Like in his 2017 championship campaign, there are two races left in the season with eight rounds of racing remaining and a championship on the line with every pass. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT HEADS TO LAS VEGAS WITH POINTS LEAD AND DETERMINATION

JOHN FORCE STILL A FACTOR AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO THE STRIP

JOHN FORCE STILL A FACTOR AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO THE STRIP
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2018) — In a career spanning 42 seasons, John Force routinely has defied the odds while paying little attention to conventional wisdom. It’s a strategy that has worked out okay for the former big rig truck driver if you call 16 championships and 149 tour victories okay. Continue reading JOHN FORCE STILL A FACTOR AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO THE STRIP

BRITTANY FORCE HAS DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE HAS DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2018) — Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy dragster to her second final round of the season and 19th of her career Sunday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals Sunday at zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte, N.C.

Force and her team turned a corner at this weekend’s race. With eight clean, solid and impressive runs down what is considered the Bellagio of racetracks, the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team has moved up to sixth in the Mello Yello points standings, just 10 points out of fifth, and added a new level energy to a team that has been struggling since their last victory in Houston at the Spring Nationals. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE HAS DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE CAPTURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE CAPTURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2018) — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel team rocketed to the No. 1 spot Saturday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. After four consistent qualifying passes, Force picked up her second No. 1 qualifier of the season 10th of her career off the efforts of her Saturday evening run.   Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE CAPTURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE LEADS JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2018) — Brittany Force and her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel team continued their late season improvement with two solid qualifying sessions Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals landing them in the No. 3 position. In Funny Car, John Force Racing currently owns the middle of the field with Robert Hight in seventh, John Force in eighth and Courtney Force in ninth.

After front-halving their TrueTimber pink camo schemed dragster during the off weekend, Force and her team had seen consistent improvements with performance. That improvement continued right off the trailer Friday when they ran 3.841-seconds at 317.19 mph on a clean run down the track. In the second session, the eight-time event winner had an impressive 3.724-second pass at 328.14 mph that earned her a bonus point and the current No. 3 position.

“Overall a great start to our weekend. Friday qualifying two good passes down the race track. That 3.72 on the second run put us No. 3 and we earned a bonus point. I feel good going into tomorrow. This was a really good first day of qualifying,” Force said. “We were good on-track and it was great to spend time with the fans in the pits. The fans love this Sassy B pink True Timber Advance Auto Parts dragster. It is a beautiful race car and I am proud to be running and representing Brakes for Breasts and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are looking to make two more good runs tomorrow and really put ourselves in position to win this race on Sunday. We are looking for a long weekend and we are ready to get this Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy team back into that winner’s circle.”

Coming off back-to-back wins, Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro continued to be consistent through Friday’s two qualifying sessions. In the first session, Hight earned two bonus qualifying points with his 3.918-second pass at 327.66 mph that originally had him second. While he was bumped down to the No. 7 position in the second session, Hight improved to a 3.911 at a top speed of 330.31 mph.

“It is hard to be upset with a 3.91 and we ran 3.91 twice today. (Crew chief) Jimmy (Prock) said we just didn’t do enough in Q2. The track was better and we made some changes but we just kept up with the race track basically and we needed more. Still top speed at 330 mph and that shows it has a lot of potential and power. We just have to pick it up early,” Hight explained. “I am not at all bummed when it goes down the track like that. We could have gone up there and swung for the fences and smoked the tires. That would not have helped us any. We went down the race track twice and we have something to tune off of. Conditions are going to be great tomorrow. We have to run some 3.80s and nobody knows how to do that better than Jimmy Prock. Tomorrow we gain points, I promise you.”

John Force began the chase for his second NHRA Carolina Nationals title with two solid runs on Friday in his Republic Services PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro. In the opening session Force blasted down the all-concrete race track with at 3.978 seconds and 327.19 mph pass which stood as the second quickest run of the session before finally settling the 149-time Funny Car winner in the provisional No. 6 spot.

“I was happy we went out there and put up a good number,” said Force. “(Crew chiefs) Jon (Schaffer) and Ronnie (Thompson) were able to tune from that and we made another good run. We are running Republic Services on this Chevy for PEAK so we had some of their people out today. They are a lot of fun. I love racing here in Charlotte and I feel good we can run even quicker tomorrow.”

Also, during the first session, Force was receiving a healthy amount of support from a NASCAR superstar on the starting line.

“We had Clint Bowyer and his family out at the races today. We have done some sponsor appearances together in the past. It was great to show off for him and his family. This is NASCAR country for sure and we just want to entertain the fans,” added Force.

In the second session, Force stepped up to a 3.932 second run at 329.26 mph with improved conditions. The run sets up Force as the provisional No. 8 qualifier at the end of the day and gives the championship contender some added motivation going into Saturday.

“We are not out of this championship,” Force said. “We need to make some quick runs tomorrow in this hot rod. If we get some round wins on Sunday we could be right back in this championship. Robert and Courtney will be tough to catch but my race car is coming around. I like my chances to improves tomorrow.”

Still battling a mechanical issue in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro Funny Car, Courtney Force raced to 3.977 seconds at 288.15 mph after shutting off early during the first qualifying session, good enough for the No. 7 spot. Despite some issues, Force improved in the second session to 3.945-seconds at 308.50 mph but was moved down to ninth.

“We made two great passes down the track unfortunately right at the top end our race car keeps shutting off. We have to get this problem fixed before tomorrow. We are going to tear this thing apart tonight to figure out what the gremlin is,” Force explained. “Those two runs got us qualified No. 9 but we are definitely looking to improve tomorrow. We should have really good conditions and we will be looking to lay down two great runs. We are looking for improvement and some of those qualifying bonus points. I am looking forward to this weekend especially since it will be the last time we are running the True Timber Sassy B pink camo Advance Auto Parts Camaro in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Young Survival Coalition. I am hoping it is a long weekend and we can get this car in the winner’s circle for them.”

Qualifying at the NHRA Carolina Nationals continues Saturday with sessions at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Eliminations at zMAX Dragway will start Sunday at noon.

BRITTANY FORCE ENTERS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WITH ADDED CONFIDENCE

BRITTANY FORCE ENTERS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WITH
ADDED CONFIDENCE
CONCORD, N.C. (October 10, 2018) — Reigning world champion Brittany Force isn’t hanging her head after a less than perfect season so far. The performance of her dragster, her team and herself still matters to the eight-time event winner with just three races left in the 2018 season. After improved performance at the FallNationals, Force is focused on finishing the season strong starting with the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE ENTERS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WITH ADDED CONFIDENCE

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM READY TO PUT UP A FIGHT AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM READY TO
PUT UP A FIGHT AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2018) — Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts team head to the NHRA Carolina Nationals ready to move forward. After a bout with a mechanical gremlin through the first three races of the Countdown, the Chevy Camaro, dressed in pink and TrueTimber camo for Breast Cancer Awareness month, showed its potential last Sunday at the FallNationals.

Force’s first round 3.985-second pass was one step closer to what the team had been looking for through three weekends. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM READY TO PUT UP A FIGHT AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

JOHN FORCE MAKING PRESENCE FELT AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

JOHN FORCE MAKING PRESENCE FELT AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO
NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2018) — Halfway through the Countdown to the Mello Yello Championship, on the eve of the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, John Force is currently ninth in the Mello Yello standings, 219 points behind pacesetting teammate and protégé Robert Hight. And while contending for the Funny Car title he has won a record 16 times in his 42-year career is, to some, a bit of a longshot, don’t try to tell him that he’s just out there going through the motions.

“I never give up,” said the Hall of Fame owner/driver following last week’s second round exit at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals in Dallas. “You never know what’s going to happen in drag racing. I’ve had it go for me and I’ve had it go against me but, at the end of the day, I still believe in the magic.”

Consequently, he believes he still can rally in the final three races and write another chapter to motor racing’s most compelling biography. Continue reading JOHN FORCE MAKING PRESENCE FELT AS COUNTDOWN MOVES TO NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS