Category Archives: John Force Racing

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HAVE A SEMIFINAL FINISH AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HAVE A SEMIFINAL FINISH AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 19, 2018) — Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts team led John Force Racing with a semifinal finish at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Sunday. Brittany Force and Robert Hight each had quarterfinal exits and John Force had an early Sunday.

Courtney Force, who was the No. 10 qualifier after a less than desirable two days of qualifying, powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car past Jim Campbell and Jonnie Lindberg before being defeated in the third round by eventual race winner Jack Beckman. Against Campbell, Force made the quickest pass of the round at 3.973-seconds and 326.00 mph earning her lane choice against Lindberg. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HAVE A SEMIFINAL FINISH AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

ROBERT HIGHT POWERS AUTO CLUB TO SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON

ROBERT HIGHT POWERS AUTO CLUB TO SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 18, 2018) — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team raced to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Funny Car teammates, Courtney Force and John Force, are No. 10 and 13, respectively, and, in Top Fuel, Brittany Force jumped to the No. 6 position.
Hight, who now has two No. 1 qualifiers this season, his first in Houston, was quickest three of the four sessions earning 11 valuable bonus points. He came out of the trailer to run a 3.971-second pass at 326.95 mph that earned him the provisional No. 1 on Friday and then a 3.989-second pass at 324.83 mph in the second session. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT POWERS AUTO CLUB TO SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON

ROBERT HIGHT NO. 1 AFTER FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

ROBERT HIGHT NO. 1 AFTER FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT
BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2018) — Robert Hight leads John Force Racing as the preliminary No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway on Friday evening. Brittany Force is in the 11th spot in Top Fuel in her black and green Monster Energy dragster and John Force and Courtney Force are looking to improve from the No. 13 and No. 14 spots respectively in Funny Car.

Hight, who set the Funny Car national elapsed time record at 3.793-seconds at Brainerd last season, earned six bonus points throughout Friday qualifying. His 3.971-second pass at 326.95 mph from the first session landed him in the No. 1 spot for the night and his 3.989-second pass at 324.83 mph was the quickest of the second session. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT NO. 1 AFTER FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

POINTS LEADER COURTNEY FORCE FOCUSED ON FINISHING REGULAR SEASON ON HIGH NOTE

POINTS LEADER COURTNEY FORCE FOCUSED ON FINISHING REGULAR
SEASON ON HIGH NOTE
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 16, 2018) — Current Funny Car points leader Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS show no signs of slowing down as they head into the final two races of the regular season. With four wins and ten No. 1 qualifiers to her name, Force is looking towards the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in search of more consistency and more momentum to carry the team into the Countdown to the Championship.

“This Advance Auto Parts team is ready to head back to Brainerd,” said Force. “With how we’re running right now it will be a good weekend. We’ve never won there before but we’ve qualified pretty well and been able to go some rounds. We’ll be looking to get that win heading into the Indy race hoping to improve on our points lead and be ready for the Countdown.” Continue reading POINTS LEADER COURTNEY FORCE FOCUSED ON FINISHING REGULAR SEASON ON HIGH NOTE

BRITTANY FORCE POISED FOR MORE RACE DAY SUCCESS AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

BRITTANY FORCE POISED FOR MORE RACE DAY SUCCESS AT
BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 16, 2018) — Brittany Force, back in her Monster Energy green and black Top Fuel dragster for this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, heads to Brainerd International Raceway with high hopes as she sits eighth in the Mello Yello points standings. Being in the bottom half of the field isn’t something the reigning world champion is worried about after her team battled from sixth to claim the category crown in 2017.

The Monster Energy team picked 18 of 24 round wins in the final six races of the season and finished the season sweeping the Auto Club Finals. The standout team secured the No. 1 qualifier, won the championship with a second-round victory on Sunday and went on to finish the season with the race win. This season, Force has arguably already overcome her toughest challenge of her career. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE POISED FOR MORE RACE DAY SUCCESS AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

JOHN FORCE EYES 150th CAREER VICTORY IN EVENT HE HAS WON MORE THAN ANY OTHER

JOHN FORCE EYES 150th CAREER VICTORY IN EVENT HE HAS WON
MORE THAN ANY OTHER
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 15, 2018) — If John Force is to win his 150th NHRA event before the end of his 42nd pro season, his best opportunity may come this weekend when he drives the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS in pursuit of the Funny Car championship at the 37th annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

At no other venue has the Hall of Fame owner/driver been more successful than at BIR where he has won 11 times in 32 career appearances, where he never has failed to make the starting field and where he has won 78.3 percent of the elimination rounds in which he has been involved (76 of 97).

Coming off a final round triumph over teammate Robert Hight in last week’s independently-produced Night Under Fire at Norwalk, Ohio, the 69-year-old’s confidence is steadily growing as he battles to secure one of the 10 Funny Car starting spots in the upcoming Countdown to the Championship. Continue reading JOHN FORCE EYES 150th CAREER VICTORY IN EVENT HE HAS WON MORE THAN ANY OTHER

ROBERT HIGHT READY TO RACE AT HISTORIC BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

ROBERT HIGHT READY TO RACE AT HISTORIC BRAINERD
INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2018) — To say the idea of heading back to Brainerd International Raceway excites two time and reigning world champion Robert Hight is an understatement. The driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car made history at last year’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and with two wins already under his belt this season and a solid hold on the No. 3 points position, it’s game on.

“Brainerd is where we set the quickest run in Funny Car history a 3.793-seconds, the first 3.7 Funny Car run,” explained Hight. “It’s a great race track with great fans and usually great racing conditions. If the conditions are there, we’ll be able to run good there again this year.” Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT READY TO RACE AT HISTORIC BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

COURTNEY FORCE TAKES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TO FINAL ROUND AT NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE TAKES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TO FINAL ROUND AT
NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 05, 2018) — Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team raced to their career best sixth final round of the season Sunday at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals ending the day with their second runner-up finish. Robert Hight made a quarterfinal finish and John Force and Brittany Force ended their racing early in the first round at Pacific Raceways outside of Seattle.

Entering race day as the No. 3 qualifier, Courtney Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro past familiar foe Jim Campbell in the first round of eliminations. Both Force and Campbell left the starting line early but Force’s light of -.015 compared to Campbell’s -.296 allowed her to move on to the second round while he earned the red-light. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE TAKES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TO FINAL ROUND AT NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB LEAD JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT THE NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB LEAD JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT THE
NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 03, 2018) — Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team raced to the provisional No. 2 position Friday at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals. Courtney Force, who has dominated the Funny Car class, is currently No. 3 and John Force rounds out the John Force Racing Funny Cars in No. 15. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force landed in the No. 8 position. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB LEAD JOHN FORCE RACING FRIDAY AT THE NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE READY TO PEAK JUST IN TIME FOR NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

BRITTANY FORCE READY TO PEAK JUST IN TIME FOR NHRA
COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 01, 2018) — Her reign as Top Fuel world champion has been fraught with frustration but when they raise the curtain on this year’s Countdown to the Championship, no one expects anything but excellence from Brittany Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Monster Energy race team.

A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, Force rolls into Pacific Raceways for this week’s 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals in eighth place in Top Fuel points, nowhere near where she and crew chief Brian Husen and tuning consultant Alan Johnson expected themselves to be with just three races remaining before the points are adjusted for the Countdown. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE READY TO PEAK JUST IN TIME FOR NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

COURTNEY FORCE TRYING TO REPRISE EARLIER SUCCESSES AT PACIFIC RACEWAYS

COURTNEY FORCE TRYING TO REPRISE EARLIER SUCCESSES AT
PACIFIC RACEWAYS
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 01, 2018) — Funny Car points leader Courtney Force resumes her Jekyll-and-Hyde relationship with Pacific Raceways this week when she drives the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS in pursuit of the Funny Car championship at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals, the final event in the arduous Western Swing.

“It’s a track we’ve won on in the past,” said the 12-time Mello Yello tour winner, “so coming from a decent weekend at Sonoma where we qualified No. 1 (for the 10th time in 15 races) but didn’t have much luck on race day, we’re really hoping to be able to go some rounds at Seattle and finish out the Swing on a positive note.”

Although she has won at Pacific Raceways in both the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car categories, she has had to deal with some adversity, too. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE TRYING TO REPRISE EARLIER SUCCESSES AT PACIFIC RACEWAYS

JOHN FORCE STILL VIABLE CONTENDER IN BATTLE FOR NHRA FUNNY CAR TITLE

JOHN FORCE STILL VIABLE CONTENDER IN BATTLE FOR NHRA FUNNY CAR TITLE
KENT, Wash. (Aug.1, 2018) — John Force is participating this week in his 751st NHRA event. That’s 750 plus one. He’s making his 32nd appearance at Pacific Raceways, where he’s won a record eight times in the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals, and yet the 16-time champion, Hall of Fame inductee and father of Mello Yello tour sensations Brittany and Courtney Force, isn’t quite ready to call it a career.

In fact, coming off a win to start the Western Swing two weeks ago at Denver and following a semifinal finish last week at Sonoma, Calif., the patriarch of drag racing’s first family, is headed toward the Countdown with momentum and a renewed belief in himself and the team that supports his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro.

Don’t be mistaken, Force isn’t battling for a berth in the Countdown simply to secure his 34th consecutive Top 10 finish. He’s not in it for a participation trophy. The fact is, he still believes he’s got another championship in him. Continue reading JOHN FORCE STILL VIABLE CONTENDER IN BATTLE FOR NHRA FUNNY CAR TITLE

ROBERT HIGHT AIMS TO DOUBLE-UP AT SEATTLE, SEAL A ‘MODIFIED’ SWEEP FOR CHEVROLET

ROBERT HIGHT AIMS TO DOUBLE-UP AT SEATTLE, SEAL A ‘MODIFIED’
SWEEP FOR CHEVROLET
KENT, Wash. (Aug, 01, 2018) — Coming off an impressive win last week at Sonoma, Calif., and entering this week’s 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals as the defending champion at Pacific Raceways, Robert Hight is looking more and more like a man capable of becoming the first in 15 years to win back-to-back Mello Yello Funny Car titles.

After being caught off guard by NHRA’s early-season decision to change the way it prepares the racing surface at its national event tracks, crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham have adjusted their program and settled into a new comfort zone and the 48-year-old Hight couldn’t be more amped up. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT AIMS TO DOUBLE-UP AT SEATTLE, SEAL A ‘MODIFIED’ SWEEP FOR CHEVROLET

ROBERT HIGHT RACES AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTO WINNER’S CIRCLE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

ROBERT HIGHT RACES AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTO WINNER’S CIRCLE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2018) — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team raced their way to victory Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals in front of a sold-out crowd. Hight led the John Force Racing effort with John Force having a semifinal finish, Brittany Force making a second-round exit and Courtney Force having an early race day with a first round exit.

Hight, who only qualified 11th, had to face a slew of veteran racers on his way to the second win of the season, 43rd of his career and second at Sonoma Raceway. Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Camaro were consistent throughout the day with three sub three-second runs. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT RACES AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTO WINNER’S CIRCLE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM EARN TENTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF 2018

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM EARN TENTH
NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF 2018
SONOMA, Calif. (July 28, 2018) — Courtney Force raced her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to her 10th No. 1 qualifier of the season Saturday at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. John Force will start from the No. 9 position with his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil team and Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California team will start from No. 11. In Top Fuel Britany Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Monster Energy dragster will start from No. 5.

Courtney Force’s 10 No. 1 qualifiers ties the fourth most during one season in Funny Car history. It is also the most in the Funny Car category since 2000 when her dad, John Force, secured 11. Not to mention it is also the most No. 1 starts by a woman in any professional category. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM EARN TENTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF 2018

JOHN FORCE MAKES 750TH RACE START; COURTNEY FORCE LANDS ADVANCE AUTO PARTS IN TOP SPOT FRIDAY IN SONOMA

JOHN FORCE MAKES 750TH RACE START; COURTNEY FORCE LANDS ADVANCE AUTO PARTS IN TOP SPOT FRIDAY IN SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2018) — When John Force and his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS took the light for his first qualifying pass at the 39th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals it marked an incredible 750 race starts for the legendary driver. The sixteen-time world champion has officially participated in 750 NHRA Nationals events in his 42-year career.

Force has raced with seven different presidents having occupied the White House, under five different NHRA presidents. He has won championships under the Winston, Powerade, Full Throttle and Mello Yello banners and he’s raced with a dozen different crew chiefs including Larry Frazier, Steve Plueger, Henry Velasco, Austin Coil, Mike Neff, Dean Antonelli, Jimmy Prock, Ronnie Thompson and Jon Schaffer. Continue reading JOHN FORCE MAKES 750TH RACE START; COURTNEY FORCE LANDS ADVANCE AUTO PARTS IN TOP SPOT FRIDAY IN SONOMA

COURTNEY FORCE KEEPING UP THE INTENSITY ENTERING SECOND RACE OF WESTERN SWING

COURTNEY FORCE KEEPING UP THE INTENSITY ENTERING SECOND RACE OF WESTERN SWING
SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2018) — Funny Car points leader Courtney Force is heading to the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals having already clinched a spot in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship six-race playoffs. While it’s a relief, the secured spot doesn’t make the 12-time event winner any less motivated to keep racking up round wins.

“It was a good weekend for the Advance Auto Parts team in Denver, clinching a spot (in the Countdown to the Championship) knowing we don’t have to worry about trying to fight to get into that top 10 by Indy. We can just go out there and focus on doing the best job that we can to perform and to win races,” explained Force. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE KEEPING UP THE INTENSITY ENTERING SECOND RACE OF WESTERN SWING

Chevrolet Aims to Continue Winning Ways on Western Swing

CHEVROLET AT SONOMA

What: 31st Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
When: Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29
Where: Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California
TV: FS1 taped qualifications, 8 p.m. ET July 28
FOX live eliminations and finals, 4 p.m. ET July 29

Chevrolet Aims to Continue Winning Ways on Western Swing
John Force will mark 750th Funny Car race, which includes 174 with Chevrolet

DETROIT (July 25, 2018) – Through an illustrious National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car career, John Force has amassed numbers that reflect his longevity in the sport and attest to his abilities, including:

749 races – 173 with Chevrolet plus 160 with General Motors brands Pontiac and Oldsmobile.
149 NHRA Funny Car wins – 18 with Chevrolet (first in 1994 at Phoenix; most recent July 22 at Denver) plus 51 with Pontiac and Oldsmobile. Continue reading Chevrolet Aims to Continue Winning Ways on Western Swing

JOHN FORCE LOOKING FOR SECOND WIN ON WESTERN SWING

JOHN FORCE LOOKING FOR SECOND WIN ON WESTERN SWING
SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2018) — Sixteen-time world champion John Force never lost faith in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team and that faith paid off at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals outside of Denver, Colo. Force racked up his 149th Funny Car victory after eight solid passes down the race track that qualified him fifth and had him defeating former world champions, the points leader and longtime rivals before hoisting the Wally.

“I had to beat a lot of great racers. I love them all. The fire was in me,” Force said. “I am fighting and I got tired of hearing me snivel to myself. My wife doesn’t even want to talk to me. I am working through rehab from my crashes to get out here to win races. I don’t know why I won that race but I have a lot more fight in my belly.” Continue reading JOHN FORCE LOOKING FOR SECOND WIN ON WESTERN SWING

ROBERT HIGHT CONFIDENT WITH AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHEVY CAMARO SS TEAM

ROBERT HIGHT CONFIDENT WITH AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
CHEVY CAMARO SS TEAM
SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2018) — Sonoma Raceway is a special place for two time and reigning Funny Car world champion Robert Hight. The fan turned crew guy turned professional racer knows the track well having attended the event through the years.

“I still consider Sonoma my home track because it is the closest racetrack to where I grew up. I have been to every single NHRA national event they have had there. I have seen races there as a fan, a crewman and a driver,” explained Hight.

Hight won the event in 2008 but among his win, one of the most memorable moments at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals came in 2017 when he set the national speed record at 339.87 mph during qualifying. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT CONFIDENT WITH AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHEVY CAMARO SS TEAM