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John Force Racing completes Indy test ahead of the Big Go

Posted by Mike Cope on Aug 25, 2017 11:06:13 AM

John Force Racing completes Indy test ahead of the Big Go

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New Hights: Auto Club Chevrolet Funny Car driver Robert Hight enjoys dream weekend in Seattle

Posted by Mike Cope on Aug 8, 2017 11:23:40 AM

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With Countdown spot in hand, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force reaches Seattle quarterfinals

Posted by Mike Cope on Aug 8, 2017 11:15:02 AM

 

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John Force Racing records another milestone – 250th Funny Car win

Posted by Mike Cope on Aug 8, 2017 11:08:57 AM

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Bristol race report: JFR puts all four drivers in second round for first time in 2017

Posted by Mike Cope on Jun 20, 2017 9:52:24 AM

Bristol race report: JFR puts all four drivers
in second round for first time in 2017

  

John Force (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. – John Force Racing faced hot and tricky conditions Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, but still advanced all four cars to the second round for the first time in 2017:

 

  • John Force snapped a three-race, first-round losing streak with the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS.
  • Robert Hight won from the No. 2 spot with the Auto Club of Southern California Camaro.
  • Courtney Force won her first-round matchup for the fifth consecutive race with the Advance Auto Parts Chevy.
  • Brittany Force continued her resurgence with the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, running her record to 8-3 over the last four races.

 

John Force’s victory came from the No. 6 qualifying position, as he dispatched veteran Del Worsham after a tight race. Force made a run of 4.136 seconds at 312.42 mph, outrunning Worsham’s 4.211-second pass at 303.43 mph.

 

Force’s car put a cylinder out at top end and drifted left, and he crossed the finish line before crossing the centerline, solidifying a good run.

 

Force then lost in the second round after losing a cylinder in his engine, which caused the PEAK car to slide over the centerline – a disqualification.

 

Hight made one of the best passes of race day and the quickest run of the first round with a 3.985-second pass at 322.58 mph to Jeff Diehl’s slowing run of 6.461 at 105.19 mph.
Hight slowed a tick in the second round, 4.124 seconds at 310.55 mph, and lost by 0.045 seconds.

 

Courtney Force, who Saturday extended her streak of qualifying in the top half to 35 consecutive races, took out J.R. Todd in the first round. Force made a run of 4.132 seconds at 255.43 mph to hold off Todd’s pass of 4.305 seconds at 240.89 mph.

 

“It’s a hot an interesting race day here in Bristol,” Force said. “Our Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro team was hoping for a better end to our weekend. We qualified in in the No. 4 position, which was a great start. But I think we lacked a little consistency out here, and most importantly, a lot of cars struggled to get down the track. It is just the case of a hot and slimy track, and we have to figure it out before we get to Norwalk because it might be exactly the same.”

 

Force’s second-round match was a battle of attrition, as she struggled across the line with a run of 4.343 seconds at 221.42 mph, and she came up 0.041 seconds short.

 

“We had a good run at it but it started spinning,” Force said. “I went to pedal it and blew the burst panel off, so I couldn’t really come back from that and he went around me for the win. It was a close race, but no one is running killer times out here.

 

“We just have to get this fixed because we were on a good run, and I think we can learn something from it and head into Norwalk feeling a little more positive.”

 

Brittany Force won in the first round for the fourth consecutive race. She made a solid run of 3.897 seconds at 310.55 mph to best Terry McMillen. She then ran into eventual race winner Clay Millican in the second round, and though neither driver made a terrific pass, Millican got the win with a run of 4.011 at 294.18 mph to her 4.060-second pass at 267.85 mph.

 

“(In the first round) we ran an 89, and that was more than decent in the heat,” Force said. “Second round we had a (cylinder out) so we were already in trouble. It’s tough going out early in the day, especially when all your teammates go out. We’re all going to pack up as one and go to the next one and hopefully we can win there.”

 

The JFR cars will race at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals next weekend at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

  

Robert Hight (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)

  

Courtney Force (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)

  

Brittany Force (Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery)

  

About John Force Racing

 

John Force Racing, Inc., based in Yorba Linda, Calif., and Brownsburg, Ind., is a professional sports dynasty, one that has earned 18 NHRA championships and claimed 252 professional victories in Funny Car (248) and Top Fuel (4). Led by team owner and driver John Force, a 16-time Funny Car Champion, 1996 Driver of the Year for all of American motor racing, 2011 International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, and driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, JFR is additionally comprised of Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Robert Hight, 2009 Funny Car champion and 2005 NHRA Rookie of the Year; Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Courtney Force, 2012 NHRA Rookie of the Year; and Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster driver Brittany Force, 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year. For more information, please visit johnforceracing.com.

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STELLAR WORK BY BOTH FUZZY’S VODKA CREWS ALLOW ED CARPENTER AND JR HILDEBRAND TO FINISH RACE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Posted by Mike Cope on Jun 12, 2017 10:08:43 AM

 

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Courtney Force, John Force thankful for Simpson Performance Products after explosion in Epping

Posted by Mike Cope on Jun 9, 2017 8:46:21 AM

 

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TOUGH INDIANAPOLIS 500 LEAVES ED CARPENTER RACING HUNGRY FOR 2018 RACE

Posted by Mike Cope on May 30, 2017 10:56:05 AM

  

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ED CARPENTER EARNS FRONT ROW START FOR THE 101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

Posted by Mike Cope on May 22, 2017 10:24:54 AM

ED CARPENTER EARNS FRONT ROW START FOR THE 101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

 

Third Front Row Start For Carpenter in Past Five Years; Hildebrand Earns Highest Career Indy 500 Qualifying Position With 6th

 

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 21, 2017 – Qualifying Notes

  • For the third time in five years, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series field will start on the front row for the Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter will start 2nd after improving his qualifying speed over one mile per hour from yesterday to today. He has earned a starting position in the middle of the front row for next Sunday’s 101st Running. Teammate JR Hildebrand was the second-fastest Chevrolet today and will start in 6th on the outside of Row 2, the best starting position of his Indy 500 career. 
  • Keeping with the same strategy as yesterday, Ed Carpenter Racing elected to sit out the practice session prior to qualifications as the team felt confident in their qualifying plan. The fastest nine drivers from yesterday’s Day 1 qualifications were locked into the field and advanced to today’s Fast Nine Shootout, including both Carpenter and Hildebrand. Carpenter was the fastest driver yesterday with a four-lap average of 230.468 miles per hour. Hildebrand was 4th with a speed of 230.205 miles per hour.
  • After positions 10-33 were set in an earlier qualification session today, the Fast Nine Shootout began at 5 p.m. ET. Drivers in the Fast Nine had to make one four-lap attempt, in order based on slowest to fastest from yesterday’s qualifying times. Hildebrand was 6th in line and Carpenter would roll out 9th.
  • Hildebrand took to the 2.5-mile oval in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet. He set down laps of 231.529, 231.010, 230.941 and 230.081, giving him a four-lap average of 230.889 miles per hour. After his run, he was provisionally 3rd with three cars left to go.
  • As the fastest driver from Saturday, Carpenter was awarded the luxury of being the last car to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. The hometown favorite set four laps of 232.180, 231.912, 231.582, and 230.985 with an average speed of 231.664 miles per hour. Though he was over a mile an hour faster than yesterday’s attempt in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet, he couldn’t reach Scott Dixon’s pole winning speed of 231.664 miles per hour.
  • Carpenter’s front-row start will be his third in the past five years. He won back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 and 2014. He will start in the middle of the front row between 2008 Indy 500 winner Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi of Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.
  • Hildebrand will start the highest he ever has at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he will roll off 6th in next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. He will be joined on the second row by Takuma Sato and Fernando Alonso, also from the Andretti Autosport camp.
  • Carpenter and Hildebrand will hit the track again tomorrow for three and a half more hours of practice before embarking on three days of media and promotional activities. Final Indianapolis 500 practice will take place on Friday, May 26 during Carb Day festivities.
  • The 101st Running of the Indianapolis will commence at 11 a.m. ET on ABC with the green flag scheduled to fall at 12:21 p.m.

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet), Qualified 2nd: “It was actually a better run than I thought! We had a little more balance than JR (Hildebrand) going into it. I was flat, that’s all she had! If we trimmed any more, we would have started slowing down. I’m content. It would have been fun to have had a third pole, but at the same time, to be middle of the front row with a pair of 500 champions beside me is good. Hopefully, I can convert the front row to a win come next week. The speeds this year are awesome! Driving cars fast around here is what this place is all about. I’m excited to see what the 2018 car will do. You hear the crowds when you put a big number up, I get just as excited as they do! I think it’s awesome we’re pushing the speeds back up and I hope it continues.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet), Qualified 6th: “Our run was good! I felt like we got almost as much out of it as we could. I’m very happy for the ECR guys to be running the Preferred Freezer Services car again this year. It’s our best starting position this year in what has been a challenging couple of days. I’m also excited for the team to be able to put two cars in the top six. Personally, we could have been a spot or two better with a better fourth lap, but we’re starting on the outside of the second row and it’s a place I think we can compete and win the race from. I’m really looking forward to the race –the statistics say today doesn’t really matter, but it’s always nice to be up towards the front.”

  

Ed Carpenter will start his 14th Indianapolis 500 from the 2nd position, the third time in the past five years he has qualified on the front row. He previously won the pole position in 2013 and 2014.

  

JR Hildebrand earned his highest-career Indianapolis 500 starting position today and will roll off from the outside of Row 2 in next Sunday's race. His 6th-place qualifying effort was higher than his previous best of 9th, set in 2014. 

 

About Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) first entered the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012. The team is led by IndyCar’s only owner/driver, Ed Carpenter, winner of back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 and 2014. ECR amassed seven victories and over 20 top five finishes in its first five years. In 2017, Carpenter will compete in all oval events in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet while Spencer Pigot will take over at road and street course races. JR Hildebrand will compete for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship as he races the No. 21 Chevrolet throughout the entire season. More information on Ed Carpenter Racing may be found at www.edcarpenterracing.com. 

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SPENCER PIGOT SCORES ED CARPENTER RACING’S HIGHEST FINISH IN INDYCAR GRAND PRIX

Posted by Mike Cope on May 16, 2017 11:18:02 AM

 

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