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

Posted by Mike Cope on Feb 9, 2017 3:37:40 PM

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

Posted by Mike Cope on Feb 9, 2017 3:35:08 PM

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


Editor's note: Resending with minor edits

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.

Force is a 16-time winner at Pomona, a track just 20 miles from his team’s headquarters in Yorba Linda. Of those 16 victories, seven have come in the Winternationals

“It sets the pace for the season, the mood of the season,” Force said. “We’ll get after it. We’ll take what we learned from the test, make some adjustments, and go to Pomona."

And like his previous 34 fulltime seasons, Force’s mind is on another title run. The last of his Funny Car championships came in 2013, with Prock leading the crew.

“That’s the dream; that’s what you go to bed (thinking about) every night,” Force said. “But I know my daughter Courtney’s looking at that, as is Robert Hight, and so are 20 others out here. But if you didn’t have the dream to win, you wouldn’t chase it. Every kid out here believes they can just get on a roll and make it happen. I’m going after 17; I don’t want to stop on sweet 16.”

The season-opening and 58th annual Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Speedway begins Friday, with the first two rounds of qualifications. Qualifying continues Saturday, while elimination rounds take place Sunday. FOX will televise three hours of live eliminations coverage at 1 p.m. Pacific.

4-Second Reads:

  • John Force has competed in the Winternationals 36 times, and every year since 1983. His first year competing was 1979.
  • Force has advanced to the final round of the Winternationals 10 times, winning his last five finals appearances.
  • Force has seven victories in the Winternationals, the first in 1991 and most recent in 2014. His record in elimination round races is 57-29.
  • Force has 16 victories at Pomona.
  • Force has been the No. 1 qualifier for the Winternationals nine times, the most recent time coming in 2014, when he won.
  • Force has won the Winternationals three times from the No. 1 qualifying spot (1997, 2002, 2014).
  • Force has only qualified outside the top eight five times in 36 Winternationals.
  • Force has won his first-round Winternationals matchup 24 times.
  • Force has won his last two first-round matchups, dating back to last season.
  • In his career, Force has 147 victories and 1,263 round wins.
  • PEAK will make a special announcement at 3 p.m. Friday regarding its sponsorship commitments with John Force.




Photo credit: Gary Nastase Photography


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 250 professional victories in Funny Car (247) and Top Fuel (3). 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

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

Posted by Mike Cope on Feb 6, 2017 3:22:34 PM

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.

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Lee Montgomery, Michael Harker join John Force Racing public relations staff

Posted by Mike Cope on Jan 16, 2017 2:06:49 PM

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 16) – John Force Racing has beefed up its media and public relations efforts with the hiring of Lee Montgomery and Michael Harker to its PR staff.

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Special Announcement from John Force Racing

Posted by Maggie Smith on Dec 9, 2016 11:25:23 AM


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John Force and Robert Hight recap 2016 season

Posted by Mike Cope on Dec 1, 2016 4:20:21 PM

The chase for the 17th NHRA Funny Car championship may have come up short for John Force, but the 147-time winner won four races, made a run at sweeping the Western Swing and was in half of the final rounds of the Countdown to the Championship. The winningest driver in NHRA history wrapped up the season in 4th place in the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings. Force’s teammate and JFR president Robert Hight powered the Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS team to his third win at the Gatornationals and his third consecutive Traxxas Shootout Final round during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals before racing to a Top Ten finish. Hight continued his streak of winning at least one race, qualifying No. 1 and setting Top Speed every year of his professional career with his 2016 performance.

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Courtney and Brittany Force Reflect on 2016 and Look Ahead to 2017

Posted by Mike Cope on Nov 29, 2016 2:25:11 PM

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Veterans Day

Posted by Maggie Smith on Nov 11, 2016 3:09:48 PM

We have many employees and customers who are veterans and we are so thankful for their service.

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Posted by Mike Cope on Oct 17, 2016 3:23:05 PM

ENNIS, TX --- The AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team and driver Robert Hight qualified No. 1 and continued a dominant day at the 31st annual AAA Texas NHRA Fallnationals racing to the semifinals before falling to eventual winner Matt Hagan. Hight made six consecutive 3.8 second runs including the quickest runs of the first two rounds of eliminations today. No driver has started a race with six consecutive elapsed times in the 3.8 range and his qualifying time was the third quickest Funny Car time in NHRA history.

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