Category Archives: John Force Racing

Courtney Force takes Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to Winternationals final round

Courtney Force takes Advance Auto Parts
Chevrolet Camaro to Winternationals final round

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12) – Courtney Force put her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS into the Funny Car final of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

But she fell just short in her bid to win the race for a second time.

After defeating Jim Campbell, J.R. Todd, and her father, John Force, in successive rounds, Courtney Force – the No. 3 qualifier – faced Matt Hagan in the finals. Despite a solid pass of 3.901 seconds at 326.95 mph, she couldn’t overcome Hagan’s run and settled for the runner-up spot. Continue reading Courtney Force takes Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to Winternationals final round

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force looks ahead to next race after Pomona exit

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force looks ahead
to next race after Pomona exit

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12) – Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster driver Brittany Force turns her attention to the next race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule after racing to the second round of the Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Force did earn the first Winternationals round win over her career, as she had lost in the first round in her four previous season-opening races here. But she overpowered the famed Pomona track in the second round and dropped the race against Tony Schumacher. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force looks ahead to next race after Pomona exit

John Force stands third in Funny Car points with PEAK Chevrolet after strong Winternationals run

John Force stands third in Funny Car points with PEAK Chevrolet after strong Winternationals run

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12) – John Force landed two round victories in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opener, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway, and sits third in the points standings after reaching the semifinals.

Force, who qualified No. 2, won his first-round matchup against former JFR driver and teammate Phil Burkart, then a close battle against Tommy Johnson Jr. before falling to daughter Courtney Force in the semifinals. Continue reading John Force stands third in Funny Car points with PEAK Chevrolet after strong Winternationals run

Auto Club Funny Car driver Robert Hight ready to bounce back after Pomona troubles

Auto Club Funny Car driver Robert Hight ready
to bounce back after Pomona troubles

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12) – Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Robert Hight is determined to bounce back from a difficult first race of 2017 after a first-round exit in the Circle K NHRA Winternationals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Continue reading Auto Club Funny Car driver Robert Hight ready to bounce back after Pomona troubles

PEAK’s John Force reels off second-fastest Funny Car speed, qualifies No. 2 for Winternationals at Pomona

PEAK’s John Force reels off second-fastest Funny Car speed, qualifies No. 2 for Winternationals at Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11) – A day after securing a lifetime sponsorship with PEAK/Old World Industries, John Force’s career-best speed peaked during Funny Car qualifying.

And with that solid run during Saturday’s third-round qualifying session, Force grabbed the No. 2 starting spot for Sunday’s 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the opening round of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Continue reading PEAK’s John Force reels off second-fastest Funny Car speed, qualifies No. 2 for Winternationals at Pomona

Courtney Force to start No. 3 with Advance Auto Parts Chevy for Winternationals at Pomona

Courtney Force to start No. 3 with Advance Auto Parts Chevy for Winternationals at Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11) – Courtney Force will stand on her second-round qualifying time of 3.849 seconds and start No. 3 in the Funny Car class for Sunday’s Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway, the opening round of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Force – driving the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS – set the 3.849-second time Friday, with a speed of 330.23 mph. While she was second after Friday’s qualifications, her father and team owner, John Force, matched her time Saturday, and set a speed of 335.15, the second-fastest speed in Funny Car history. That dropped Force to No. 3. Continue reading Courtney Force to start No. 3 with Advance Auto Parts Chevy for Winternationals at Pomona

Robert Hight takes Auto Club of Southern California Chevy to No. 5 spot in qualifying

Robert Hight takes Auto Club of Southern California Chevy to No. 5 spot in qualifying

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11) – Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team saved their best for last during qualifying for the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

And their best was good enough for the No. 5 qualifying spot in the season-opening race of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

“Great job by my team,” Hight said. “We had struggled the last two runs in testing (in Phoenix last weekend), and then the first three runs here, the same thing. But to see the teamwork – (John Force crew chief) Jimmy Prock coming over with (Hight crew chief) Mike Neff and going over things – that’s the kind of stuff you hope for. They all worked well together and tried to help each other. Continue reading Robert Hight takes Auto Club of Southern California Chevy to No. 5 spot in qualifying

Courtney Force, Brittany Force each stand No. 2 after first day of qualifying at Winternationals

Courtney Force, Brittany Force each stand No. 2
after first day of qualifying at Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 10) – John Force Racing drivers Courtney Force and Brittany Force were second in their respective NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes during qualifying Friday for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Continue reading Courtney Force, Brittany Force each stand No. 2 after first day of qualifying at Winternationals

Courtney Force, Brittany Force each stand No. 2 after first day of qualifying at Winternationals

Courtney Force, Brittany Force each stand No. 2
after first day of qualifying at Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 10) – John Force Racing drivers Courtney Force and Brittany Force were second in their respective NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes during qualifying Friday for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Courtney Force, in her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, turned in the second-quickest time in the first round of qualifying with a time of 3.849 seconds at 330.23 mph. Brittany Force, in the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, was second in Top Fuel with a time of 3.706 seconds at 322.42 mph. Continue reading Courtney Force, Brittany Force each stand No. 2 after first day of qualifying at Winternationals

Long live John Force: PEAK expands partnership with John Force, JFR

Long live John Force: PEAK expands
partnership with John Force, JFR

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 10) – John Force Racing is pleased to announce an expanded partnership between the 18-time championship-winning team and PEAK/BlueDEF, the leaders in the development and distribution of high-quality automotive and heavy-duty products for over four decades.

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil has renewed it partnership to back 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season and beyond. PEAK and Force will remain partners for the long term, with the goal of racing with Force for the remainder of his career, no matter how long that might be. Continue reading Long live John Force: PEAK expands partnership with John Force, JFR

Robert Hight’s CHP paint scheme celebrates California Highway Patrol, Auto Club of Southern California

Robert Hight’s CHP paint scheme celebrates California Highway Patrol, Auto Club of Southern California

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 8) – Past Funny Car champion Robert Hight, the Auto Club of Southern California and the California Highway Patrol introduced a special CHP paint scheme Wednesday that will adorn Hight’s Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car at the season-opening NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race.

The CHP scheme will run in the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend, as well as the Auto Club NHRA Finals here in November. The unveiling was made at the NHRA press conference.

The CHP scheme celebrates Auto Club of Southern California’s long relationship with the California Highway Patrol and also helps kick off the new NHRA Salutes First Responders program. Continue reading Robert Hight’s CHP paint scheme celebrates California Highway Patrol, Auto Club of Southern California

Courtney Force seeks initial title as 2017 begins for Advance Auto Parts Funny Car driver

Courtney Force seeks initial title as 2017 begins for
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car driver

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 8) – Courtney Force put her fellow NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car competitors on notice last week that she intends to be a solid contender in this year’s championship fight.
Force heads into this weekend’s season-opener, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Speedway at Pomona, with a wave of momentum. She posted the top three fastest times during the Nitro Spring Training test last weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix. During the test, she clocked a time of 3.804 seconds in her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS, unofficially the quickest elapsed time in history.
That should serve as a warning to others that Force is prepared to improve on last year’s sixth-place result in the points standings. Much of her team from last year – including crew chief Daniel Hood and co-crew chief Ronnie Thompson – returns intact, which Force said is important to challenging for victories and the title. Continue reading Courtney Force seeks initial title as 2017 begins for Advance Auto Parts Funny Car driver

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil driver John Force seeks 17th title as NHRA season opens at Pomona

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil driver John Force seeks
17th title as NHRA season opens at Pomona

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POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 8) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion John Force will mount his assault on an unprecedented 17th title when the series opens up the 2017 campaign this weekend with the Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona.
Driving the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, the all-time leader in NHRA Funny Car victories (147) seeks a strong start to 2017 after a busy offseason. Force reunited with longtime crew chief Jimmy Prock in January and also obtained the services of co-crew chief Chris Cunningham. With Prock, Force won the 2013 championship.
The partnership has already proven worthy. Force was fourth-quickest during last week’s Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix. The test should prove to be a springboard to a successful season. Continue reading PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil driver John Force seeks 17th title as NHRA season opens at Pomona

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight ready for resurgence in 2017

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight
ready for resurgence in 2017

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 8) – Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver Robert Hight has had a stellar career, winning the 2009 championship and piling up 37 victories along the way.

But Hight is ready for a fresh start for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – which begins with the Circle K NHRA Winternationals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona – after a un-Hight-like 2016 that saw him win once race and finish eighth in the points standings. Continue reading Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight ready for resurgence in 2017

Successful Nitro Spring Training complete, John Force Racing ready for 2017 season

Successful Nitro Spring Training complete,
John Force Racing ready for 2017 season

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 4) – John Force Racing completed a successful preseason test session Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, with Courtney Force leading the way in Funny Car with her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS, and her sister, Brittany Force, the third-quickest Top Fuel dragster driver in her Monster Energy car. Continue reading Successful Nitro Spring Training complete, John Force Racing ready for 2017 season

Courtney Force advances to the top of Funny Car chart on Day 2 of Nitro Spring Training

Courtney Force advances to the top of Funny Car chart on Day 2 of Nitro Spring Training

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 3) – Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force blistered Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park during the second day of NHRA Nitro Spring training Friday, posting the three-quickest passes of the week – including an incredible run under the Funny Car national record.

Force’s best run in her Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car was 3.804 seconds at 333.33 mph, quicker than Matt Hagan’s national-record run of 3.822 seconds set last year in Brainerd, Minn. Because Force’s pass came during testing, it is not a national record. Continue reading Courtney Force advances to the top of Funny Car chart on Day 2 of Nitro Spring Training

NHRA fans can meet the John Force Racing drivers at John Force RaceStation Meet and Greet

NHRA fans can meet the John Force Racing drivers at
John Force RaceStation Meet and Greet

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Feb. 3) – John Force Racing is hosting a Meet and Greet with all four of its drivers at the John Force RaceStation before the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opener in Pomona.

The Meet and Greet will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the John Force RaceStation, 22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, Calif. Admission is free. Continue reading NHRA fans can meet the John Force Racing drivers at John Force RaceStation Meet and Greet

Robert Hight, Courtney Force quickest on Day 1 of NHRA Nitro Spring Training

Robert Hight, Courtney Force quickest on Day 1 of
NHRA Nitro Spring Training
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 2) – John Force Racing driver Robert Hight turned the quickest overall elapsed time in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car class to lead all drivers in Thursday’s opening day of the Nitro Spring Training test at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Continue reading Robert Hight, Courtney Force quickest on Day 1 of NHRA Nitro Spring Training

NHRA Nitro Spring Training: One day until John Force Racing’s teams report

NHRA Nitro Spring Training: One day until
John Force Racing’s teams report
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 1) – John Force Racing’s four nitro teams are primed for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

But first: preseason testing in the form of NHRA Nitro Spring Training, held this week at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

Numerous NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams will test there starting Thursday. For JFR, the test will mark the first time on the track for two new driver/crew chief combinations. Continue reading NHRA Nitro Spring Training: One day until John Force Racing’s teams report

John Force Racing strengthens organization for 2017 NHRA season

John Force Racing strengthens organization
for 2017 NHRA season
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 6) – John Force Racing is strengthening its racing operations in preparation for multiple championship runs for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will reunite with crew chief Jimmy Prock, who won the 2013 title with Force, and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham will also join the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS. Prock worked at JFR for 14 years before serving as crew chief for Jack Beckman the last 2 seasons. Continue reading John Force Racing strengthens organization for 2017 NHRA season