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Innovative 3D Provides Connectors For Hospital During Covid-19

Zachary Lovelace May 28, 2020 3:18:25 PM
Innovative 3D Provides Connectors For Hospital During Covid-19

Hurco customer, Innovative 3D Manufacturing, based out of Franklin, IN, specializes in metal additive manufacturing mostly with 3D metal printers for the aerospace, defense, and medical industries. Johnson Memorial Hospital uses Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) to help their health care workers remain protected from COVID-19. These units use small connectors that are not easily replaceable with today's current supply chain.

Manual Bar Pull On A Hurco CNC Lathe - Tips & Tricks

Zachary Lovelace Mar 19, 2020 9:04:59 AM
Manual Bar Pull On A Hurco CNC Lathe - Tips & Tricks

At Hurco we know that not every machine shop has all the equipment that they really need to get by on a day to day basis. Some shops have rows upon rows of machines, while smaller shops may have one CNC mill, one CNC lathe and a couple bridgeports sitting in the corner. So we wanted to make life a little easier for our customers and machinists in genera.  

3D Import "5-Axis Conversational Programming from a Solid Model"

Zachary Lovelace Feb 12, 2020 9:23:19 AM
3D Import

Derek Korn of Modern Machine Shop recently wrote an article on Hurco's new feature 3D Solid Model Import, this feature allows a 3D solid model to be imported into the CNC control and the operator can perform conversational-type programming even for five sided machining applications. 

Industrial Automation: Hurco & BMO Automation

Zachary Lovelace Jan 10, 2020 9:51:36 AM
Industrial Automation: Hurco & BMO Automation

Hurco continues to partner with companies like BMO Automation because we know that today's modern machine shop needs turn-key solutions to help fight the skills gap. Many of the protocols, technologies, industry standards, etc... that comprise modern manufacturing technology were quickly adopted and developed in Europe because they simply don’t have enough people to fill manufacturing positions. The same skills gap that prompted Europe to quickly develop and adopt these automation technologies is starting to appear in machine shops in the United States as well.

MTD CNC featuring Hurco CNC: It's an Art to CNC Machine Like This

Zachary Lovelace Nov 8, 2019 4:03:48 PM

We would like to thank MTD CNC for allowing us to share this video they made recently at Bournemouth University of Arts. Bournemouth recently opened their doors to MTD CNC, having purchased new Hurco CNC machines, the investment was part of a program to support local manufacturing, as Paul found out. Hurco is proud to work with educational institutions to help provide the necessary training to a younger generation of CNC Machinists who will help today's modern CNC machine shop become more productive.

ED CARPENTER FINISHES 6TH IN RAIN-SHORTENED ABC SUPPLY 500

Zachary Lovelace Aug 19, 2019 7:12:02 AM
ED CARPENTER FINISHES 6TH IN RAIN-SHORTENED ABC SUPPLY 500
Checkered Flag Shown at Pocono Raceway After 128 Laps; Pigot’s Race Ends Early After Contact on Lap 40

LONG POND, Penn. (August 18, 2019) – Race Notes

  • Ed Carpenter not only matched his best result of 2019 today, he also earned the 50th Top 10 finish of his NTT IndyCar Series career. The team owner finished 6th in today’s ABC Supply 500, the second of two 500-mile races this year. However, Mother Nature had other plans and the race was red flagged, then checkered, after 128 of the scheduled 200 laps. Spencer Pigot had raced his way up to 7th before contact with the wall ended his day on Lap 40.

  • First practice was cancelled to due weather yesterday, followed by scrapping qualifications in favor of one extended practice session. Per the INDYCAR Rule Book, the starting field was set on entrant points. The No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet, driven by Carpenter on ovals and Ed Jones on road and street courses, sat 15th in entrant points. Pigot, in the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet, was 12th. Those would be their starting positions for the race.

  • A five-car collision broke out in Turn 2 of the opening lap. Both Pigot and Carpenter avoided the melee and found themselves inside the Top 10. A lengthy red flag period followed while the track’s fence was repaired. Drivers were eventually called back to their cars and the race was restarted on Lap 8. Pigot was 7th and Carpenter was 10th.

  • Both Ed Carpenter Racing drivers came in for their first pit stops on Lap 35. Pigot’s return to action was short-lived as he hit a bump in the Turn 1 area of the track. The No. 21 shot away from him and without any steering, he made heavy contact with the wall. He was quickly out of the car under his own power and was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center. The No. 21 sustained too much damage to be repaired and was retired from the event; Pigot wold be credited with a 17th place finish.

  • Carpenter was running 11th at the time of Pigot’s incident and used the ensuing restart to begin his charge forward. By the time the next round of pit stops began, he was up to 8th. He had cycled up to 4th for his second pit stop on Lap 71; three laps later, the yellow flag flew again.

  • When the race went back green on Lap 82, Carpenter was scored in 7th. He passed three cars in one lap, moving back into 4th on Lap 83. Eventual race winner Will Power took one of the positions back, placing Carpenter in 5th. One of the cars involved in the Lap 1 accident had re-joined the race, 89 laps down. Losing time behind the lapped car and with the threat of rain, Carpenter dove in for his third pit stop on Lap 105.

  • After the leaders had made what would ultimately be their final pit stops, Carpenter was 6th. Lightning was spotted in the area and the race went yellow on Lap 126. Two laps later, the red flag was shown for the second time today. With storms rapidly approaching, NTT IndyCar Series officials called for the checkered flag.

  • Carpenter’s 6th place finish matches his best of the year as he also finished 6th in the Indianapolis 500. It is also his 50th career Top 10 finish, 20 of which have come since he started his own team in 2012. Carpenter began racing exclusively on the oval events in 2014. He has competed in each race since the NTT IndyCar Series returned to Pocono Raceway in 2013; today’s result is his highest at the 2.5-mile triangular oval.

  • Pocono was the first in a string of three back-to-back race weekends. Ed Carpenter Racing will head to World Wide Technology Raceway (formerly Gateway Motorsports Park) next weekend. There, Carpenter will conclude his 2019 season as the 1.25-mile track is the last oval on this year’s schedule. Pigot will make his 50th start for ECR; aside from Carpenter, Pigot is the team’s longest-tenured driver. The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) on Saturday, August 24.


ED CARPENTER, No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet, Finished 6th: “We needed a decent run. We DNF’ed at Iowa, which wasn’t good. I feel like we have been performing better this year, we just haven’t really been able to put it together. It was nice to be in the mix, racing with the guys you need to race with to be up there fighting for wins. I wish we could have seen out all 500 miles but Pocono always has its own craziness when it comes to the weather. Hopefully, all of the fans got to their cars before they got too wet. I thought it was a really good turnout today, it was a fun race while we were out there. It was unfortunate to see guys kind of lose their minds a bit there at the start, but all in all it was a fun day and nice to be moving forward.”

Vincennes Students Get Ahead of the Skills Gap with the Hurco Control

Zachary Lovelace Jul 12, 2019 2:42:05 PM
Vincennes Students Get Ahead of the Skills Gap with the Hurco Control

This past Wednesday team members from Hurco went down to Vincennes, Indiana, to visit with students from the Advanced CNC Machining and Programming at Vincennes University to shoot a new video discussing their time in the program and how the Hurco Control has helped them bridge the gap that many companies need with skilled workers (the video will be released later).

Students in this summer course are taught over a 14-week time period. Throughout the course they learn to program, machine, and inspect complex 2, 3, 4, and 5-axis parts. The class is designed to make use of high-speed machining, for companies specializing in die making, mold making, aerospace, medical, and other industries.

During our visit, we were able to talk to a few students and get their thoughts on the Hurco Control as well as see some of the parts they made during their time in the course. 

Ed Carpenter Racing Earns Positions Two through Four in 2019 Indy 500

Katie Amick May 20, 2019 1:39:50 PM
Ed Carpenter Racing Earns Positions Two through Four in 2019 Indy 500

Indianapolis 500 Fast Nine Qualifying Notes

  • For the sixth time in seven years, Ed Carpenter Racing will have a front row starting position for the Indianapolis 500; but for the first time, the team will hold two of the three positions. Additionally, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Chevrolets will fill out three of the top four starting positions in next Sunday’s 500-mile classic. Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones qualified second, third and fourth, respectively.

Hurco Announces 2018 E. Keith Moore Award Winners

Katie Amick Feb 20, 2019 3:15:13 PM
Hurco Announces 2018 E. Keith Moore Award Winners

Each year, the employee who demonstrates the work ethic and values of the late E. Keith Moore is presented with the award named after him. Mr. Moore continues to have a positive influence on our culture at Hurco. Last Wednesday, Hurco was proud to recognize two employees with E. Keith Moore awards. Wayne Kline, Senior Manufacturing Engineer with Hurco since 2011 and Matthew Ponto, Software Support Engineer with Hurco since 2013 both received 2018 honors during the company’s annual employee meeting. Both Matt and Wayne exemplify the customer-centric attitude that Mr. Moore exhibited throughout his career at Hurco.

SAM Tech Students Visit Hurco HQ

Katie Amick Dec 14, 2018 4:24:24 PM
SAM Tech Students Visit Hurco HQ

The students and instructors from the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology (SAM Tech) in Houston, Texas, stopped by last week to check out our international headquarters. Mike Cope, Hurco Technical Product Specialist, and Gerry Traicoff, Hurco Applications Manager gave them a plant tour and a training session.

SAM Tech was in town for the 2018 Performance Racing Industry Show and had the opportunity to stop by to learn about the future of manufacturing, Hurco's new 3D Import feature on the WinMax® control, and check out some of our new CNC machines. SAM Tech focuses on automotive CNC technology – teaching students how to machine cylinder heads, engine blocks and other vehicle components.

The students and instructors were particularly interested in learning about 5-axis machining and the machine build/assembly portion of the tour. SAM Tech students were familiar with Hurco before their visit since they have Takumi CNC machine in their classroom (Hurco Companies acquired Takumi a few years ago).

All of us at Hurco are passionate about education and the students who are the future of our industry. If you’re an instructor, feel free to contact us to schedule a tour for your students!


Bottle Breacher (Bonus: The 50th VIP Bottle Breacher Drawings)

Maggie Smith Oct 4, 2018 10:45:00 AM

 

 

Originally posted June 8, 2018 | Updated October 4, 2018

The Back Story of Bottle Breacher

Eli Crane, who is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, turned his hobby of making bottle openers out of spent ammunition casings into a successful business. At first, he just made them by hand for his buddies. Eventually, he and his wife decided to make a business of it. As entrepreneurs, they watched a lot of Shark Tank and decided to apply. Not only did they get accepted, they got a deal from Mark Cuban and Mr. Wonderful.  

The Bottle Breacher / Hurco Connection

After Shark Tank, sales went from $7,500/month to $22,500/month. Eli knew he needed to have control of manufacturing to keep up with demand and delivery deadlines to keep the business growing and profitable. He started researching CNC machines and evaluated many different brands. "But I noticed when guys talked about the Hurco, they always said they were solid, hardworking, workhorse machines that were easy to use." 

Eli contacted our distributor in Arizona, D&R Machinery, and that's how Hurco and Bottle Breacher got connected. It was such a great story, we knew we had to make a trip to Arizona to feature Eli and his team for our next video case study.

Check out more Bottle Breacher videos and articles at the links below

SHARK TANK SEGMENT VIDEO

After the Tank Video

Bottle Breacher website

Listed by Forbes as Top Veteran Owned Business

 

The Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breacher Drawings

Here at Hurco, we've been planning for the 50th Anniversary for quite some time. For our standard giveaways (Hurco swag), we settled on a simple redesign of the hats, shirts, pens, etc., but for the VIP gift, we knew we wanted it to be a special. Even more important, we wanted the gift to be made on a Hurco by a Hurco customer. When we connected with Bottle Breacher, we knew we hit a home run. 

We gave away 50 Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers before IMTS in September and then gave away even more at the show. It was by far the most popular promotional item we have ever had! Click the following links to see the winners for the pre-IMTS drawings (the team here got creative finding different ways to announce each set of winners):

First Drawing

Second Drawing | the Video Reveal (Mike put the names in the Hurco control and machined them)

Third Pre-IMTS Bottle Breacher Drawing against backdrop of IMTS Prep Video at Hurco

[Video] Eli Crane of Bottle Breacher Announces the Winners of the Final Pre-IMTS Bottle Breacher Drawing.

Click here, for the winners from the IMTS drawing. 

P.S.A Bottle Breacher is one of those special gifts that is both unique and useful. Check out their selection at www.bottlebreacher.com Not only is it a cool gift, it's made on a Hurco by a veteran-owned company. 

GRATITUDE

We received so many appreciative emails from the winners, which was really fun for us! However, the most creative award goes to Matt at RPM Tool! Check out his photo submission here.

Final Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

Katie Amick Oct 3, 2018 11:11:32 AM
Final Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

We are pleased to announce our final group of Bottle Breacher winners from IMTS! Thank you to all who visited our booth and registered for our drawing!

Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers will be shipped to the following:

Panos Angelopoulos  |  RAMPF  |  Niskayuna, NY
Ben Anoskey  |  IUPUI  |  Monrovia, IN
Mike Atherton  |  ORNL  |  Oak Ridge, TN
Greg Baker  |  Denso Mfg. Mich. Inc.  |  Battle Creek, MI
Josh Barber  |  Chicago Magnesium  |  Hammond, IN
Andrew Bartel  |  The Master Lock Company  |  Franklin, WI
Jesse Benton  |  ENC  |  Youngsville, PA
Jonathan Bersch  |  A & L  |  Strausburg, CO
Lee Bingham  |  Bedford Reinforced Plastics  |  Bedford, PA
Kirk Blank  |  K & K Inc.  |  Elkhart, IN
Eric Bowman  |  E & M Machining  |  Frankton, IN
Denise Brauer  |  Cutting & Grinding Fluids Inc.  |  Rockford, IL
Chad Burton  |  American Micro  |  Batavia, OH
Daniel Caraveo  |  OSG USA  |  Irving, TX
Jason Castano  |  William Penn University  |  Oskaloosa, IA
Matthew Corn  |  Shamrock Engineering  |  Oakland City, IN
Joe Curtis  |  Perfecto Tool & Engineering  |  Anderson, IN
Chip Davis  |  Layke Tool & Manufacturing  |  Meadville, PA
Lisa Davis  |  Tinney Tool & Machine  |  Belleville, IL
Fritz Dowe  |  Eng. Resource Center  |  Post Washington, WI
David Dunn  |  Shamrock Engineering  |  Princeton, IN
Jesse Espinosa  |  American Machine Works Inc.  |  Omaha, NE
Jason Florian  |  QME Inc.  |  Baroda, MI
Aaron Fox  |  Mueller Refrigeration  |  Hartsville, TN
Ashley Frost  |  Conn-Selmer  |  Elkhart, IN
Julie Gallagher  |  Profile Machining  |  Elk River, MN
Jack Gaul  |  Urschel Lab  |  Chesterton, IN
Scott Giunta  |  System 22  |  Barto, PA
David Goodman  |  3M  |  Vadnais Heights, MN
Shad Grile  |  Perfecto Tool & Engineering  |  Anderson, IN
Joe Grove  |  FCA  |  Auburn Hills, MI
Caleb Guelich  |  FRC East  |  Havelock, NC
Roger Haarklau  |  Madison-Kipp Corporation  |  Madison, WI
John Habernal  |  Huhtamaki Inc.  |  Mission, KS
Dean Hagerman  |  Commonwealth Tool & Machine  |  Georgetown, KY
Clyde Hatfield  |  FCA  |  Auburn Hills, MI
Jake Hendershot  |  Moonlight Mold & Machine Shop  |  Kokomo, IN
Mark Jacobs  |  Clover Technologies Group  |  Ottawa, IL
Dhruv Jain  |  University of Illinois at Chicago  |  Chicago, IL
Kyle Jeffery  |  GM  |  Lockport, NY
Steven Johnson  |  FN Smith Corporation  |  Polo, IL
Matt Kelley  |  Kelley Engineering  |  Piedmont, SC
Najeeb Khan  |  ACME Industries  |  Elk Grove, IL
Paulette Likwarz  |  Harley-Davidson Motor Co.  |  Menomonee Falls, WI
Daryl Linkous  |  Moog  |  Blacksburg, VA
Ed Madsen  |  Avanos Medical Inc.  |  Alpharetta, GA
Brian Miller  |  C. F. Martin Guitar  |  Nazareth, PA
Jeff Miranti  |  Intek Strength  |  Herrin, IL
Randy Mullins  |  DRT Manufacturing  |  Dayton, OH
Jim Pabst  |  Max Tech  |  Kansas City, MO
Maribel Perez  |  Dynatect  |  Highland, IN
Jeff Probst  |  HL Precision Mfg.  |  Champaign, IL
Kaili Richards  |  COTU Media  |  Long Beach, CA
TJ Roberts  |  GT Technologies  |  Millbury, OH
Donald Rockey  |  Machine and Components, Inc.  |  Louisville, KY
Tony Schwartz  |  Wilson Tool  |  Hugo, MN
Bruce Selman  |  Mistequay Group  |  Alger, MI
Richard Slade  |  Madison-Kipp Corporation  |  Madison, WI
Virgil Smith  |  Perfecto Tool & Engineering  |  Anderson, IN
Andy Stevens  |  NIBCO Inc.  |  Elkhart, IN
Ezgi Takmaz  |  University of Illinois at Chicago  |  Chicago, IL
Jeffrey Ternes  |  Moraine Park Technical College  |  Cedar Grove, WI
Joe Thurin  |  Moraine Park Technical College  |  West Bend, WI
Alana Trejo  |  COTV Media  |  Long Beach, CA

Thank you to all who registered. To learn more about Bottle Breacher  – click here!

Final 20 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

Katie Amick Sep 10, 2018 1:40:30 AM
Final 20 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

We are pleased to announce our final group of 20 winners of our VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breacher drawing!

 

Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers will be shipped to the following:

Todd Joy  |  TnT Machining  |  Colorado Springs, CO

Robert Simmons  |  Suncast Corp.  |  Batavia, IL

Travis Karstetter  |  Keystone Friction Hinge  |  Williamsport, PA

Clint Hammerle  |  Muskegon, MI

Peter Clark  |  Phoenix, AZ

Terry Scott  |  Wacom Quartz  |  Phoenix, AZ

Joseph Palazzolo  |  M.C. Molds  |  Williamston, MI

Gary Farniok  |  Zirc Dental Products, Inc.  |  Buffalo, MN

Brad Patraw  |  Medtronic  |  Fridley, MN

Mario Salgado  |  Hartwell Corp.  |  Anaheim, CA

Jason Davis  |  Wayne Wire Cloth Products  |  Hillman, MI

Steven Groves  |  Vicaul Precision  |  Mansfield, OH

Mark Nordby  |  MGS Mfg.  |  Germantown, WI

Stephen Mines  |  Studio Wood Products  |  Grant, MI

Jesse Smith  |  Med Associates, Inc.  |  Swanton, VT

Aaron Fresh  |  Freshisbest, Inc.  |  Lake Havasu, AZ

Greg Sikonia  |  Roberts Automatic Products  |  Chanhassen, MN

Bill Tait  |  Deluxe Stitcher Co.  |  Northlake, IL

Mark Kingston  |  Boltswitch, Inc.  |  Crystal Lake, IL

Robert Thomson  |  Moeller Aerospace  |  Harbor Springs, MI

Thank you to all who registered. To learn more about Bottle Breacher  – click here!

Third 10 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

Katie Amick Aug 31, 2018 4:19:01 PM
Third 10 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

We are pleased to announce our third group of 10 winners of our VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breacher drawing!

 

Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers will be shipped to the following:

Robert McElroy  |  McElroy Farm & Ranch  |  Amarillo, TX

Mark Hiszem  |  Seco Machine  |  North Canton, OH

Matt Walker  |  Monahan Filaments  |  Arcola, IL

John Russell  |  Eaton Corp  |  Galesburg, MI

Tim Manuele  |  Dynex/Rivett, Inc.  |  Pewaukee, WI

Fred Schenker  |  Premac, Inc.  |  Rahway, NJ

Robert Lee  |  Mistequay Group, LTD.  |  Saginaw, MI

James Serafin  |  QMC Technologies, Inc.  |  Hamburg, NY

Tony Cole  |  ColeTrain Designs  |  West Chester, OH

Deb Bennett  |  Kyocera SGS Precision Tools  |  Columbia City, IN

To learn more about Bottle Breacher and for a chance to win – click here!


Second 10 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

Katie Amick Aug 17, 2018 3:12:08 PM
Second 10 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

We are pleased to announce our second group of 10 winners of our VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breacher drawing!

 

Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers will be shipped to the following:

Antonio Lassandro  |  Siemens Industry  |  Norwood, OH

Bobby Aufdengarten  |  IU Medical  |  Austin, TX

Dana Dunlap  |  Centroid Corp.  |  Howard, PA

William Locher  |  Bill's Machine  |  Pace, FL

John Anttila  |  Anchor Coupling  |  Ingalls, MI

David Johnson  |  Hogan Mfg.  |  Escalon, CA

Scott Maxwell  |  NSA Industries  |  Lyndonville, VT

Gary Jorgensen  |  Zeon Corporation  |  Louisville, CO

Jesse Niesen  |  Straub Design Co.  |  New Hope, MN

John Honey  |  Precision Machining Co.  |  Sioux Falls, SD

To learn more about Bottle Breacher and for a chance to win – click here!


Robert Hight Races into Winner's Circle at Sonoma Raceway

Katie Amick Jul 30, 2018 10:24:45 AM
Robert Hight Races into Winner's Circle at Sonoma Raceway
RACE NOTES from our NHRA Team JOHN FORCE RACING

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.

First 10 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

Katie Amick Jul 3, 2018 11:04:44 AM
First 10 Winners of VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers Announced

We are pleased to announce the first 10 winners of our VIP 50th Anniversary Bottle Breacher drawing!

 

Hurco 50th Anniversary Bottle Breachers will be shipped to the following:

John Routh  |  Delaware Dynamics  |  Muncie, IN

Kent Jorgensen  |  Engineered Production Equipment, Inc.  |  Omaha, NE

Peter Heang  |  Howell Laboratories, Inc.  |  Bridgton, ME

Andy VandeBoom  |  MGS Mfg. Group  |  Germantown, WI

Thomas Pelzer  |  Minnesota Tool and Die Works, Inc.  |  Anoka, MN

Dirk Anderson  |  Navy Island Inc.  |  West St. Paul, MN

Bob Prater  |  Omni Manufacturing, Inc.  |  St. Marys, OH

Curtis Hervi  |  Rotschy, Inc.  |  Vancouver, WA

Matthew Robbins  |  RPM Tool  |  Princeton, IN

John Lieberth  |  Winsert, Inc.  |  Marinette, WI

To learn more about Bottle Breacher and for a chance to win – click here!

Hurco is heading to the BIG Apple to Ring the Closing Bell

Maggie Smith Jun 12, 2018 4:37:04 PM
Hurco is heading to the BIG Apple to Ring the Closing Bell

Hurco (ticker symbol: HURC) to Ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell Wednesday JUNE 13, 2018

We're celebrating our 50th Anniversary with another road trip. This time, we're heading to the Nasdaq stock exchange in NYC to ring the closing bell. Hurco first went public in 1971 when Mr. Roch, our co-founder, took a class to sell stocks. However, it was 1980 when Hurco was listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. 

The closing bell ceremony starts at 3:45 PM EDT and we ring* the Closing Bell at 4:00 PM.

Below are several ways Nasdaq has set up to share the celebration.

Watch Live:

https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live

http://www.youtube.com/nasdaq/live

http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ.

Access Pictures & Tweets

http://instagram.com/nasdaq 

http://nasdaq.tumblr.com/

http://twitter.com/nasdaq

*Fun fact: there is no "bell" to ring for the closing bell (we sign a screen and push a button), but we're not complaining. We went ahead and made our own bell to commemorate the occasion.

Thanks for checking out the Inside Hurco Blog. 
To learn more about the history of Hurco, go to www.hurco.com/50

To see interviews with our co-founder Mr. Roch, check out the 3-Part Series at the links below:

The History of Hurco: Part 1 | Interview with Gerald Roch

The HIstory of Hurco Part 2 | Interview with Gerald Roch

The History of Hurco Part 3 | Interview with Gerald Roch

 

 

John Force Racing: Robert Hight Wins in Chicago for First Win of 2018

Maggie Smith Jun 3, 2018 9:31:05 PM
John Force Racing: Robert Hight Wins in Chicago for First Win of 2018
RACE NOTES from our NHRA Team JOHN FORCE RACING

JOLIET, Ill. (June 3, 2018) — Robert Hight powered his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to victory at the JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals Sunday at Route 66 Raceway. John Force took his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS to a semifinal finish, Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts team powered to a second-round finish and Brittany Force and her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster were upset the first round.

Reigning and two-time Funny Car world champion Robert Hight earned his 42nd career win, first of the season and first at Route 66 Raceway today. Hight defeated 2016 Funny Car world champion Ron Capps in the finals with a 4.073-second pass at 310.63 mph. It is the 14th consecutive year that Hight has won at least one race making him the only professional racer to win an event every year of his career. It also marks the 21st different event where he has celebrated a victory.

“I always thought Chicago might have my number because this is my fourteenth time racing here and I have never won this race. I have been in a couple finals and John Force has kicked my ass a couple times. I finally got it done today in Chicago. That is big because as a driver you want to win at every venue you go to. There is not a better place than Chicago. I can’t believe this place is 20 years old. I remember rolling in here as a crew guy and thinking look at how amazing this stadium is. This is one of the top spots in the country.”

At the opening of the day, Hight was qualified 12th after a tricky two days of qualifying.

“Qualifying didn’t go that well. I don’t even think I pulled the parachutes before first round. We just weren’t making it down the track,” Hight commented.

Hight’s line-up of opponents was stacked in a Funny Car class that is more competitive than ever. He had the task of defeating Cruz Pedregon in round one. Both spun the tires but Hight crossed the finish line first. Round two was a rematch of the Topeka final where Hight fell to teammate Courtney Force. This weekend, it was Hight who had the advantage laying down a 4.064 pass at 316.97 to advance to the semifinals. Hight took out rival Bob Tasca III with another 4.0 run of 4.076 at 315.12 en route to his final round match up against Capps.

“In the first round we spun and we dodged a bullet. Cruz didn’t make it down the track and I had to pedal it. We got by first round and after that we were able to get it and make clean passes,” Hight explained. “We had lane choice in the semis but then Capps ran better so we were back in the right lane in the final. That is what you are going to get every time you win a race. You are going to go up against a tough line up. There are no easy wins. You saw a lot of upsets first round. There are no easy ones in this class. I qualified 14th in Topeka and raced to the final and lost to Courtney. I was 12th here and it just shows you how tough it is out here. When you win one of these you definitely earned it. There is a lot of pride with a win.”

Last season, Hight picked up his first win late in the summer at the Denver event, winning this early in the season has Hight, only a third of the way in, excited for what the year could bring.

“It’s a great weekend for this Auto Club team in our fourth final of the year. Last year I won the championship and I didn’t win my first race until Denver so I am way ahead of last year, this could get really good,” Hight said.

The victory lands Hight solidly third in points behind only Courtney Force and Jack Beckman and ahead of event No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan.

Coming into Sunday, three-time JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals winner John Force was optimistic and motivated to come out and win for the 149th time in his career. As the No. 6 qualifier Force had lane choice in the first round over Tim Wilkerson but he was also in a back-up PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro. His primary race car was destroyed in an on-track incident during the final qualifying session. The winningest driver was banged up but focused on going rounds on Sunday.

“It was tough physically, but I had a goal,” said Force. “I want to turn this PEAK car around here in their hometown of Chicago. I was really excited. I was qualified sixth. And then I got in trouble last night and I totaled the car, but we bounced back today. I thought I could win this race but we didn’t get it done. I went a couple rounds but my car ran good every round. Even though it’s just one race, I’m moved it back in the Top 10. We’ve still got nine races to go and my car is starting to act like a race car.”

The first round win over Tim Wilkerson moved Force up to 11th in the point standings and also showed he had the mental and physical toughness to compete. In the second round, Force took advantage of lane choice over veteran Jack Beckman and picked up another win that moved him into the Top Ten for the first time this season. His luck ran out in the semifinals against long-time friend and rival Ron Capps. Force made no excuses and took pride in the fact that he faced down a tough situation and came out on the positive side even if that didn’t mean standing in the winner’s circle.

“When I crashed I hurt myself. I got bummed up in the shoulders,” said Force. “I hit the wall really hard like three times. You have to love what you do. There’s a saying, some famous basketball player, it’s either LeBron James or Michael Jordan, they asked what made them so great and they said it’s because I’m not afraid of losing. They take that shot. I made some mistakes but I wasn’t afraid of losing. I think I can race with them now.”

Force moving into the Top Ten ends the second longest streak of his career outside the Top Ten – eight races. He was outside the Top Ten for 11 straight races in 2007 before finishing No. 7 even though he missed four races including the final three that season.

Coming into the race after a tough start to the season that include multiple engine explosions and a handful of first round exits, Force found his mojo watching his grandkids start their careers as junior dragster racers.

“When I came here from watching my granddaughter Autumn and grandson Jacob down there in Barona, Calif., last weekend, I came out of there with a different heart,” explained Force. “I saw myself younger, dreaming the dream. I drove the truck down and back and I was part of that. I just had something a little different on my mind.”

The impact of Force racing today also made an impression on race winner and John Force Racing president Hight. In his pressroom interview Hight proudly talked about what a great leader Force was today to the entire organization.

“How about my boss John Force,” asked the assembled media. “You look at all he went through this weekend and to race to the semifinals. That was pretty impressive. You are not going to keep a guy like that down. There is a reason why he has won 16 championships. You can see how badly he wants this and how much he loves what he does. He was racing in front of his sponsor Old World Industries and PEAK here in Chicago. He was going to race no matter what. Things went his way and he drove well. I am really proud of that team.”

Funny Car points leader Courtney Force had a second-round exit to Hight. It was her first loss in nine rounds, she was coming off back to back wins at the Southern Nationals outside of Atlanta and the Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kan., where Force beat Hight in the finals for the victory. Force defeated Jim Campbell in the first round after qualifying No. 4 off her 3.966 pass at 327.66 during the first session on Friday.

“It was not the race day we wanted. We got past first round but we dropped a cylinder over in the left lane. We tried to get it fixed up for the second round by unfortunately it did the same thing. I just tried to stay in the throttle and get down there. Robert got around me for the win. It was a great effort by my Advance Auto Parts team. We had a solid run and I think we will keep learning about running on these hot race tracks. We will take that info into the next three races now that we are going into the summer. We are going to see these conditions again. Robert got me a little out of the gate but we were still ahead of him past the 330 ft. mark. Once we dropped that cylinder his Auto Club Camaro just drove around me at the top end. We are going to focus on Richmond and the fact we held onto the points lead.”

Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force was consistent throughout qualifying in her Advance Auto Parts Monster Energy dragster. Tire smoke in Q1 led to adjustments and a slew of 3.7 runs for the eight-time event winner. She started race day from the No. 2 position off her impressive 3.721 pass at 329.34 from Friday night under the lights.

“We had a consistent car in qualifying. We made three out of four runs that were really outstanding. Sometimes you only get one good run in qualifying and then have to go into race day. The fact that we have had a consistent race car will just give us some confidence going to Richmond to see what we can do.”  

In round one, Force faced off against a new opponent, Kyle Wurtzel, and was unable to make a clean pass down track coasting to a 4.292 pass at 239.06 mph.

“It was a tough first round for us. We were going back and forth about which lane to run about three times. We picked the right lane and it got a little out of the groove and went up in tire smoke. I tried to pedal it but there really wasn’t a lot I could do. Wurtzel was on a clean run and beat us to the finish line. The good news is we go straight to the next race and we don’t have time to think about this race.”

John Force Racing will continue on the NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series tour with a stop in Richmond, Va., for the NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park June 8-10.

Hurco Machinist Publishes 5-Axis Book at TOP SHOPS Conference

Maggie Smith Sep 7, 2017 4:12:52 PM
Hurco Machinist Publishes 5-Axis Book at TOP SHOPS Conference

Yesterday and today, we were at the TOP SHOPS conference right here in our backyard...Indianapolis (which has been the hometown of Hurco since the company was founded in 1968). The Hurco crew decided this conference that celebrates the excellence found in job shops across North America would be the perfect venue to launch Mike Cope's book,"The Power of FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining"

Hurco Customer Wins Leadtime Leader Award

Maggie Smith Jul 3, 2017 3:11:32 PM
Hurco Customer Wins Leadtime Leader Award

Congratulations to Graphic Tool in Itasca, Illinois. They won the Leadtime Leader Award sponsored by Moldmaking Technology. The Leadtime Leader Award was established in 2003 by Gardner Media, the parent company of Moldmaking Technology magazine, and goes to the company that performs beyond the status quo using any and all resources available to it, whether that means teamwork between skilled employees and well-managed scheduling or having the latest machinery and equipment, automation, etc. – or both.

"It’s about optimizing what you have to build the best molds for customers while keeping costs fair and meeting deliveries. It’s not about being the biggest, most fancy shop. It’s about working smarter and with a passion for what you do," according to Christina Fuges, Editorial Director for Moldmaking Technology magazine.

Companies must apply for the award and a panel of judges uses specific criteria to determine the winner in addition to those companies that are worthy of an honorable mention. Graphic Tool was recognized as a Leadtime Leader honorable mention in 2003, but won the title this year.

According to Fuges, Graphic Tool goes above and beyond when it comes to running its shop like a business—streamlining operations, developing employees, doing the right thing even if no one is watching, carrying a winning attitude, embracing change, and communicating openly and professionally.

About Graphic Tool:
If you’ve used products such as aerosol sprays, cosmetics or medications, you’ve probably used products packaged in containers for which Graphic Tool Corp. built the molds. Such molds are extremely precise, often holding tolerances of 0.0001 inch, and the team at Graphic Tool is proud of having won the trust of customers who are among the largest OEMs in the world. Click here to read the article that illustrates why the judges selected Graphic Tool as the 2017 Leadtime Leader Winner.

To see the video highlighting Graphic Tool's “pursuit of perfection,” visit short.moldmakingtechnology.com/2017lla.

Courtney Force looking for consistency after Vegas first round

Mike Cope Apr 3, 2017 1:19:33 PM
Courtney Force looking for consistency after Vegas first round

LAS VEGAS (April 2) – After an upset loss in the first round of the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Courtney Force huddled with her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team to figure out a plan of attack moving forward.

Force, the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car, stumbled in the first round against veteran Gary Densham, losing after a slowing pass of 5.118 seconds at 153.39 mph.

“It’s a bummer,” Force said. “Our Advance Auto Parts team has had some great runs, and we know the car is capable of running some stellar numbers. We’re having a hard time finding some consistency with it, especially being able to run it in the heat.

“So we’ll be back out here tomorrow testing all day in the heat to see if we can get the right tuneup going into the next race.”

Immediately after her run, Force and her team began working on a plan to make the Advance Auto Parts Camaro more consistent.

“When I got back to the pit, it was straight to the computer to figure out the problem with the car, what’s going on, how we can fix it and how we can move forward going into the next few races and what we’re going to try out for testing tomorrow,” Force said. “Then I headed out to the ropes to sign for the fans. They definitely help lift your spirits up after a rough day. I’ll be out there cheering on the rest of my teammates.”

Force and her team, led by crew chief Daniel Hood and Ronnie Thompson, will test here Monday. Force, who has qualified in the top four in all four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races in 2017, knows her team can dig itself out of the current rut.

“These guys do an amazing job, and I’m sticking by them,” Force said. “I know we can get this thing figured out. I’d rather get the bad luck out of the way now than when we’re in the Countdown.”

The Countdown to the Championship includes the final six races of the season and settles title battles in each of the four NHRA pro classes. Points are reset before the Countdown, meaning each of the top 10 drivers who reach NHRA’s playoffs have a shot at the championship. Force will maintain her spot inside the top 10 of the Funny Car points standings after Vegas.

The next race is the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston.LAS VEGAS (April 2) – After an upset loss in the first round of the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Courtney Force huddled with her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team to figure out a plan of attack moving forward.

Force, the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car, stumbled in the first round against veteran Gary Densham, losing after a slowing pass of 5.118 seconds at 153.39 mph.

“It’s a bummer,” Force said. “Our Advance Auto Parts team has had some great runs, and we know the car is capable of running some stellar numbers. We’re having a hard time finding some consistency with it, especially being able to run it in the heat.

“So we’ll be back out here tomorrow testing all day in the heat to see if we can get the right tuneup going into the next race.”

Immediately after her run, Force and her team began working on a plan to make the Advance Auto Parts Camaro more consistent.

“When I got back to the pit, it was straight to the computer to figure out the problem with the car, what’s going on, how we can fix it and how we can move forward going into the next few races and what we’re going to try out for testing tomorrow,” Force said. “Then I headed out to the ropes to sign for the fans. They definitely help lift your spirits up after a rough day. I’ll be out there cheering on the rest of my teammates.”

Force and her team, led by crew chief Daniel Hood and Ronnie Thompson, will test here Monday. Force, who has qualified in the top four in all four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races in 2017, knows her team can dig itself out of the current rut.

“These guys do an amazing job, and I’m sticking by them,” Force said. “I know we can get this thing figured out. I’d rather get the bad luck out of the way now than when we’re in the Countdown.”

The Countdown to the Championship includes the final six races of the season and settles title battles in each of the four NHRA pro classes. Points are reset before the Countdown, meaning each of the top 10 drivers who reach NHRA’s playoffs have a shot at the championship. Force will maintain her spot inside the top 10 of the Funny Car points standings after Vegas.

The next race is the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston.

 

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 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 johnforceracing.com.

John Force Racing's 2,500th Funny Car round win

Mike Cope Mar 22, 2017 12:41:07 PM
John Force Racing's 2,500th Funny Car round win
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 21) – John Force’s Funny Car victory Sunday in the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., was memorable for many reasons, including yet another milestone over the team’s 40-year existence in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

After winning all four rounds, and coupled with Robert Hight’s first-round victory, the team achieved the 2,500-round victory threshold for Funny Cars. Force’s final-round win over rookie Jonnie Lindberg sealed the deal.


JFR’s first round victory was June 1, 1979, when Force defeated Tom McEwen at the Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge, La. Force himself has accounted for just over half of those 2,500 Funny Car round victories, as he now stands at 1,269, with six round wins this season. He defeated Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, and Tommy Johnson Jr. before beating Lindberg on Sunday.


Even more impressive is that JFR’s 2,500 NHRA Funny Car round wins account for more than 20 percent of wins all-time in the class.


“It was the reign of terror that started it all, with Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderly and John Medlen,” Force said. “It was really about a group of guys – it wasn’t about me. I just wrote the checks, but I got to drive one of the baddest hot rods on the planet. We won just about everything.


“But those days are gone now. John Force wants to stay in the game, and now we’ve got Robert Hight, my daughter Courtney, young Austin Prock is coming,” he continued. “I’m really excited about this. We put the band back together. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones said life’s a drag, but today, life’s not a drag – it’s a drag race, and we won.”


Winning races and elimination rounds is one of the things John Force has done best. Overall, nine drivers have won Funny Car rounds with JFR. The total includes:
  • John Force 1,269
  • Robert Hight 375
  • Tony Pedregon 292
  • Courtney Force 134
  • Mike Neff 118
  • Gary Densham 108
  • Ashley Force Hood 105
  • Eric Medlen 95
  • Phil Burkart Jr. 4

Hight added to his total Sunday, besting Bob Tasca III in the first round with career-bests in time and speed, and has two round wins this season. Courtney Force won her first three rounds of the season at Pomona, making it to the final round.


“It’s amazing, but what’s really amazing is when you look at who has most of those wins,” Hight said. “John Force’s records – he’s so far out in front of everybody else – it’s not even achievable. With the competition level and everything else there is today, these records we keep getting will never, ever be broken. I was lucky enough to get the 200th victory for John Force Racing at Topeka (2011), and that was pretty exciting."


To do it at Gainesville, Hight said, was special. In the 1990s, for example, Force participated in 37 rounds out of a possible 40, and won 33 of those 40 rounds. He just kept winning ... and winning ... and winning.


“He’s had good luck at Gainesville,” Hight said. “But I take away from this that all three of our Funny Cars are running good, and we’re not searching for faster cars but right where we want to be. We just need to get a little consistency. I’m just happy to be a little part of those 2,500 round wins. We have three good cars now, and we’re going to get a lot more wins.”


The milestone is more than just a number. It represents tireless efforts by drivers, crew chiefs, team members, fabricators, shop workers, and office staff who have worked with Force since the 1970s.


“If you look at the Tony Pedregons that drove for me, the Eric Medlens, the Gary Denshams, Robert Hight, my girls – if you go down that list, they were all part of that. It wasn’t just about me," Force said. "I’ve done well in the sport, because I’ve lived it and loved it. I give 110 percent to my sponsors, never 100 percent. We overdeliver, you have to.


“With the cast of characters we have, we’re going to keep hitting them with all we’ve got."


The team earned its 2,500th round victory across all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes last year. Including the team’s Top Fuel dragster – piloted by Brittany Force and sponsored by Monster Energy – the team’s round victory total stands at 2,593. Brittany Force added another Top Fuel round victory Sunday, and stands at 93 in her career.


The fourth round of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Nationals, is March 31-April 2 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. John Force Racing has won five races at the spring race in Las Vegas, most recently with John Force running the table in 2015.

John Force takes Gatornationals, 2,500th Funny Car round win

Mike Cope Mar 20, 2017 1:49:16 PM
John Force takes Gatornationals, 2,500th Funny Car round win

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19) – He may have been serenading the tune “Singin’ in the Rain,” but John Force was winning under the Florida sunshine Sunday in a perfectly-tuned PEAK Motor Oil and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.

The 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion earned his record-extending 148th career victory and eighth in the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Force defeated rookie Jonnie Lindberg – competing in his first Funny Car race – in a solid final-round matchup, giving John Force Racing its first victory of 2017 and first since last year’s fall race at Las Vegas.

Force exited his PEAK Chevrolet after winning and broke into the popular tune “Singin’ in the Rain.” “I found the music,” he said.

“I’ve lived on music in my old Chevy,” Force said. “I can remember when I was 15 years old driving around without a driver’s license and the music carried me. Every day, the Beach Boys, Merle Haggard. I lived that life and you find yourself.

“I don’t go to a race without believing I can win,” continued Force, the day after recording his 155th No. 1 qualifying spot. “The day I don’t believe I can win, then it’s time for me to quit. It’s like a rollercoaster ride and I’m still a kid driving that ’54 Chevy listening to the Beach Boys, and I found the music. They are going to be sorry I found the music, trust me.”

The 67-year-old hadn’t won at the Gatornationals since 2001, breaking a 16-year drought, which set yet another NHRA record. But there are better ones he set as well:

John Force and Robert Hight recap 2016 season

Mike Cope Dec 1, 2016 4:20:21 PM
John Force and Robert Hight recap 2016 season

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.

HIGHT RACES TO SEMIFINALS AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

Mike Cope Oct 17, 2016 3:23:05 PM
HIGHT RACES TO SEMIFINALS AT AAA TEXAS FALLNATIONALS

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.

BRITTANY FORCE RUNNER-UP AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY

Mike Cope Oct 3, 2016 2:46:46 PM
BRITTANY FORCE RUNNER-UP AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY

READING, PA --- For the second time in three years Brittany Force raced to the final round at the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Today she was facing the two-time world champion Antron Brown in a rematch of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. It was one of the closest final rounds so far in the Countdown as both dragsters ran identical elapsed times of 3.721 seconds. Force came up .003 of a second short to Brown after both drivers had nearly equal reaction times with Brown slightly edging Force, a three-time winner this season at the stripe.

JOHN FORCE RACING ENJOYS DAY OF MOTIVATING AND EDUCATION IN MILWAUKEE

Mike Cope Sep 28, 2016 2:08:46 PM
JOHN FORCE RACING ENJOYS DAY OF MOTIVATING AND EDUCATION IN MILWAUKEE

MILWAUKEE, WI (September 27, 2016) --- The entire contingent of John Force Racing drivers as well as the crew of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team spent the day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, participating in two rewarding and exciting events in conjunction with Old World Industries, the parent company of team sponsors PEAK and Blue Def. The team, led by 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, were the featured speakers at the Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation, Inc. luncheon and then in the afternoon Force fired up his 10,000 horsepower Funny Car for over 100 students at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). 

Winner of Colts Tickets is a Machinist for Eli Lilly

Maggie Smith Sep 23, 2016 6:57:01 PM
Winner of Colts Tickets is a Machinist for Eli Lilly

Rob Schonegg is a machinist for Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical company based here in Indianapolis (home of Hurco, too). As part of our sponsorship with the Indianapolis Colts, we have great seats to the game that we like to share with our customers. Rob was the winner of the drawing and stopped by today to pick up the tickets to the game and passes to the VIP Colts Tailgate party that's before the game.

He's been running Hurcos at Lilly for more than 20 years. He told me this is the second time he's won a prize from Hurco. The first time was when he attended an open house on a Friday evening back in 1997 when Lilly just had a Hurco KMB1 (they still have it and it still makes chips, but they've added a VM30 and a VMX30i to the Hurco collection) . He and his wife were leaving the event and he saw that Hurco was giving away calculators. "Even back then, you didn't need a calculator when you were running the Hurco, but I decided to get one anyway," said Rob. He filled out a form to get the calculator, but was shocked when he was notified that he had won a trip to Disney World. "I didn't even know there was a drawing for a trip," Rob told me.

At the Lilly machine shop, he makes a lot of prototype parts, lab equipment, and parts for plants around the world.

Congratulations Rob! Hopefully, you'll bring some good luck to the Colts on Sunday.

 

JOHN FORCE WINS CAROLINA NATIONALS MOVES TO THIRD IN POINTS

Mike Cope Sep 19, 2016 3:14:26 PM
JOHN FORCE WINS CAROLINA NATIONALS MOVES TO THIRD IN POINTS

CHARLOTTE, NC --- John Force made the most the first Countdown race of 2016 picking up his 146th career win and moving from the No. 8 to No. 3 position in the Mello Yello point standings. Force outran Dave Richards, Tim Wilkerson, Ron Capps and then Tommy Johnson Jr to pick up his first win at the Carolina NHRA Nationals. From the winner’s circle stage Force dedicated the victory to his sponsors and announced he would be sending the Wally trophy to Advance Auto Parts who were emblazoned across the side of his Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car along with primary sponsor PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant.

VALIANT EFFORT BY JFR AT TOUGH CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE US NATIONALS

Mike Cope Sep 6, 2016 10:53:02 AM
VALIANT EFFORT BY JFR AT TOUGH CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE US NATIONALS

INDIANAPOLIS --- For just the third time in eleven years John Force Racing did not advance a Funny Car to the final round of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Robert Hight and Courtney Force were defeated in the quarterfinals today stopping their efforts to win their fourth or first U.S. Nationals title, respectively. All three JFR Camaro SS Funny Cars qualified in the top half of a very tough Funny Car field. Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster were also unsuccessful in their second round race today.

BRITTANY FORCE WINS LUCAS OIL NATIONALS; NOTCHES THIRD WIN OF 2016

Mike Cope Aug 22, 2016 1:25:16 PM
BRITTANY FORCE WINS LUCAS OIL NATIONALS; NOTCHES THIRD WIN OF 2016

BRAINERD, MN --- Brittany Force made the most of her return to the final round at the 35th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Last year Force came up a little short to No. 1 qualifier Richie Crampton but today against two-time world champion Antron Brown Force took the win in a wild, fireball spewing final run. Force and her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster had just enough power to outrun a tire-smoking Brown, who she beat last year in Brainerd in the semifinals.

JOHN FORCE COUNTING ON FAN SUPPORT IN BID FOR 9th SHOOTOUT VICTORY

Mike Cope Aug 22, 2016 1:16:28 PM
JOHN FORCE COUNTING ON FAN SUPPORT IN BID FOR 9th SHOOTOUT VICTORY

BRAINERD, MN (August 21, 2016) --- The winningest driver in NHRA history has enjoyed unrivalled support from his legions of fans for nearly four decades. When John Force was starting his now historic career fans encouraged him, cheered him and in many cases fed his low budget team. This year Force will rely on his fans one more time in his bid to race in the 2016 edition of the Traxxas Nitro Funny Car Shootout. He has two wins in 2016 but the surging Force in his PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS was not one of the first seven Funny Car drivers to win this season and will vie for the 8th and final spot through the fan vote and lottery process. Fans can vote for John Force by clicking this link http://bit.ly/Traxxas2016 which will take them to the fan vote on NHRA’s Facebook page. Voting is open now and will remain open until 9 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Hurco MAX5 Control featured on magazine cover

Maggie Smith Aug 11, 2016 3:03:51 PM
Hurco MAX5 Control featured on magazine cover

The August issue of Performance Racing Industry magazine arrived today. The magazine's editorial team selected Hurco to represent the Machinery Row Issue. Of course, we think the Hurco MAX5 is worthy of covergirl status. The Machinery Row Preview article has a wealth of information to get teams ready for the PRI show that is held right in our back yard in December. Click here to read the article.

JOHN FORCE, ROBERT HIGHT HEADLINE SPECTACULAR NIGHT UNDER FIRE

Mike Cope Aug 11, 2016 1:49:23 PM
JOHN FORCE, ROBERT HIGHT HEADLINE SPECTACULAR NIGHT UNDER FIRE

NORWALK, OH (August 11, 2016) --- On Saturday night, August 13th, history will be made at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. In addition to legendary NHRA 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force and 2009 NHRA Funny Car champion Robert Hight once again thrilling fans with their 10,000 hp Nitro Funny Cars, the great Bob Motz will make his last pass in his iconic jet truck.

HIGHT TO QUARTER-FINALS; C. FORCE CRASHES IN FIRST ROUND

Mike Cope Aug 8, 2016 9:54:27 AM
HIGHT TO QUARTER-FINALS; C. FORCE CRASHES IN FIRST ROUND

SEATTLE, WA --- Robert Hight raced to the quarter-finals at the 29th annual Protect the Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals and dropped a very close race to No. 1 qualifier and national elapsed time record holder Del Worsham. The final round of nitro eliminations were postponed due to persistent rain showers and will be concluded in two weeks at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Hight and the Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car took a starting line advantage and led Worsham well past half-track before Worsham narrowly moved around Hight by three thousandths of a second. At the finish line it was Worsham with a 3.883 to Hight’s 3.894 as both drivers ran faster 320 mph.

JFR - Courtney Force Escapes Serious Injury from Seattle Incident

Maggie Smith Aug 8, 2016 9:33:11 AM
JFR - Courtney Force Escapes Serious Injury from Seattle Incident

COURTNEY FORCE ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY FROM SEATTLE INCIDENT

RENTON, WA (August 7, 2016) --- NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racer Courtney Force escaped serious injury after a racing incident in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations at Pacific Raceways. Force’s Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car made contact with the left guard wall. Force exited the vehicle on her own power and was checked by NHRA emergency services personnel before heading to Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., where she was evaluated for head, neck, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries.

“I am beat up pretty good. My arm, my shoulder, and my right knee are banged up. I am really thankful that the second I got out of the race car there was already a Safety Safari person right there to help me get down. I couldn’t put any weight on my right knee. I want to say thanks to everyone that was at the track who helped me. I got right to the ER and the doctor checked me out. I am extremely relieved nothing is broken,” said Force.

Doctors released Force from the hospital this evening but expect her to be very sore tomorrow. X-rays of her right knee, left elbow and left shoulder along with a CT scan of her head and cervical spine were negative. The tendon on the knee was intact but there was a contusion from contact with the steering wheel. Force will see a sports orthopedist in Lake Tahoe, Nev., where the family has a summer home for continued evaluation and to make sure there is not a partial tendon tear in the knee. 

JOHN FORCE TALKS SEATTLE, THE SWING AND HIS 2016 SEASON SO FAR

Mike Cope Aug 2, 2016 3:05:25 PM
JOHN FORCE TALKS SEATTLE, THE SWING AND HIS 2016 SEASON SO FAR

Heading into the final race of the 2016 NHRA Western Swing, the 29th annual ProtectTheHarvest.com NHRA Northwest Nationals, John Force, driver of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, answered a few questions about his chances of sweeping the swing for a second time and also how his season has turned around. Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography for media use only.

JOHN FORCE WINS SONOMA, SECOND RACE OF WESTERN SWING

Mike Cope Aug 1, 2016 9:03:39 AM
JOHN FORCE WINS SONOMA, SECOND RACE OF WESTERN SWING

SONOMA, CA --- John Force is the only Funny Car driver who has won the historic NHRA Western Swing races of Denver, Sonoma and Seattle consecutively. Today with his 8th Funny Car win at the 29th annual Toyota Sonoma Nationals Force is in position to become the only driver to ever sweep the Western Swing twice. In a final round for the ages Force outran Funny Car point leader Ron Capps 3.948 to 3.960 to capture his 145th career Funny Car win and his 1,251st round win.

NEW LOOK JOHN FORCE WANTS TO STAND OUT WITH PERFORMANCE IN DENVER

Maggie Smith Jul 20, 2016 9:46:05 AM
NEW LOOK JOHN FORCE WANTS TO STAND OUT WITH PERFORMANCE IN DENVER

DENVER, CO (July 19, 2016) --- John Force might be hard to see at the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals but the 16-time Funny Car champion wants to continue to make a lot of noise on the mountain top. Force, the six-time Mile High NHRA Nationals winner, will be driving a new look Realtree PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant camouflage Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car this weekend. The one race partnership will highlight Force’s All-American roots and his passion for building business relationships beyond the race track.

Day of Disappointment for Ed Carpenter Racing in Toronto

Maggie Smith Jul 18, 2016 10:49:45 AM
Day of Disappointment for Ed Carpenter Racing in Toronto

TORONTO (July 17, 2016) Post Race Notes

  • The 2016 edition of the Honda Indy Toronto and the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto could not have been any more different for Ed Carpenter Racing. After going 1-2 at the checkered flag in 2015, ECR cars would face many challenges and finish at the far end of the field in 2016.
  • Last week's Iowa Corn 300 winner, Josef Newgarden, qualified 8th for the Honda Indy Toronto. Also the defending Toronto winner, Newgarden's race was off to a solid start as he was able to get around James Hinchcliffe for 7th before the first lap was even completed.
  • Spencer Pigot, winner of both Indy Lights races at Toronto in 2015, started 21st in only his 7th Verizon IndyCar Series race. Pigot drives the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet during the road and street course events while team owner Ed Carpenter drives on the ovals. 
  • The No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services crew had to abandon their strategy just five laps into the race. Juan Pablo Montoya hit Newgarden's rear wing, sending his left rear bumper pod flying. A full course caution for the debris allowed the crew to make a rear wing change and keep Newgarden on the led lap. Running 8th at the time of the contact, he rejoined the race in 22nd.
  • Pigot was able to keep with his original strategy, pitting early for a switch from red to black tires. The Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka crew gave Pigot a fast seven second pit stop and sent him back out into the race. He worked hard on fuel conservation throughout the next stint, hoping the strategy would vault him to the front of the field in the waning laps. 
  • Newgarden had just re-entered the Top 10 after falling all the way back to 22nd when he hit the curbing in Turn 5 on Lap 57. The car got away from him, sending him into the wall. He was checked, cleared and released from the medical center. Newgarden was credited with a 22nd place finish.
  • For the ensuing restart after the caution, Pigot had moved into the Top 5. He was attempting to complete the race without making any more pit stops, but that plan was thwarted when he flat spotted his tires under breaking. He came in for one final stop for a new set of tires, but fell back down to 21st.
  • Pigot smartly avoided two cars who went into the wall ahead of him on Lap 82. With one lap to go, Pigot held his position on the next restart and would finish 19th. 
  • The Verizon IndyCar Series moves to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in two weeks for the Honda Indy 200 on July 31st. The race will be broadcast live on CNBC at 2 p.m. ET. 

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 19TH:  We just struggled to get the tires up to temperature. I locked up on the second to last restart and flat spotted the tires so we had to come in and pit. We just didn’t really have the pace today to compete towards the Top 10. I also had a broken front wing which definitely did not help. I just want to thank Ed Carpenter Racing and Rising Star Racing for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get back in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car in Mid-Ohio." 

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET, FINISHED 22ND: “It was an error on my part. I hate to blame it on an injury, but I hit the curb to hard and lost the wheel.  I couldn't hang on to the wheel, I didn't have the strength. I feel terrible for our guys, we had a good race going. We were fighting back after we got put back for an incident that I don't think was our fault. We could have had a good finish there. This was my mistake and I feel bad because we are going to lose some points here."

Customer Feature - Hurco Helps Connecticut Shop Deal with Skills Gap.

Maggie Smith Jul 9, 2016 9:30:00 PM
Customer Feature - Hurco Helps Connecticut Shop Deal with Skills Gap.

New Operators Find CNC Control Easy to Use

Since PDQ's inception, Hurco has been a part of the company's success story. While PDQ has many different CNC machines in the shop, the PDQ team realized that Hurco CNC machines solved a problem all shops lament: the shortage of skilled labor.

From our friends at JOHN FORCE RACING - The road to Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Maggie Smith Jul 8, 2016 1:25:58 PM
From our friends at JOHN FORCE RACING - The road to Route 66 NHRA Nationals

HOMETOWN PEAK RACE HAS JOHN FORCE EXCITED FOR WIN

CHICAGO, IL (July 5, 2016) --- John Force does not need extra motivation to get excited about coming to a race track. The 143-time Funny Car national event winner and record holder of almost every NHRA record just wants to entertain and put on a show for the fans. This weekend in Chicago, home of his primary sponsor PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant’s parent company Old World Industries, Force will be looking to being home one more trophy.

“This is a big race for me and for my PEAK team. We are in Chicago and that is where Old World Industries and PEAK have their headquarters. Bryan Emrich, the chief marketing officer and my boss, will be at the track with his people and we want to put on a good show for them. I’ll be ready in this PEAK Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car and I am excited,” exclaimed Force.

John Force has raced to six final rounds at Rt 66 Raceway and picked up three wins. In 2013 he lost a close final round to Matt Hagan but Force went on to win his 16th Funny Car championship that season. His last win in Chicago was 2006 when he took out teammate Robert Hight in the final.

“I love racing is Chicago. There is a lot of history here and my former crew chief the great Austin Coil raced the Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car. We have a lot of fans in Chicago and this is a great facility. So far this season my team has been doing OK but I don’t want to just be OK I want to keep going after those championships. I have the fire and I have a young team that keeps me motivated,” said Force.

Force’s PEAK Funny Car team is led by crew chief Jon Schaffer who is entering his second year at the helm of the winningest driver in NHRA’s history Funny Car. Schaffer was the ace assistant to Mike Neff for a number of seasons and took over the lead position for Force last year leading him to win in Las Vegas and Epping and a Top Ten finish. The youth surrounding Force has continued to keep Force focused on performance and entertainment.

“When I put on my firesuit I feel like I am 20 years old again. I see how all these young guys are working so hard on my race car and I want to make sure I perform. I am on my practice tree all the time. I am working out and watching what I eat. We got these new Camaros and they are awesome. I still love what I do and I will do it as long as I can,” said Force.

CHICAGO SUCCESS TOP PRIORITY FOR ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB CAMARA

CHICAGO, IL (July 5, 2016) --- Robert Hight and the Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team are taking the positive momentum from a semi-final finish at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals two weeks ago and focusing on winning for the second time in 2016. The 2009 Funny Car champion started 2016 with two semi-final finishes and a win at the historic Gatornationals. This weekend at the Rt 66 NHRA Nationals Hight will be looking for his second win of the season and 38th of his career.

“We had a good testing session and brought that momentum with us into the first part of the season. We were going rounds and picked up the win at the Gatornationals but we knew we were going to need more performance for the end of the season,” said Hight. “Mike Neff and this team went to work on a number of areas we thought we could improve. It has taken some time but we are seeing the progress.”

The progress Hight is referring to is performance numbers that are career defining for Hight. In Topeka Hight ran a career quickest elapsed time and speed and then he lowered his best elapsed time at each of the previous two races running 3.897 seconds and 3.886 seconds in Bristol and Norwalk respectively. Both of those races saw Hight qualify No. 3 and go rounds.

“Our performance numbers have been steadily getting better. Now we are working on consistency. This class is really competitive and all three of these John Force Racing Camaros are working together in qualifying. I am glad Courtney will get her 2016 Camaro this weekend in Chicago because then we will all have the same body and that will help across the board,” added Hight.

Hight got his 2016 Camaro in Epping and since then the former crew member turned Funny Car world champion has had nothing but positive comments. After eighteen months of design and fabrication from Chevrolet engineers and the John Force Racing fab shop team the finished product has delivered a great new look.

“So much time went into these new bodies that it will take some time to get the most out of them at the track. They are lighter and you can see out of the windshield so much better. I just want to start seeing more win lights and I know my team can start making that happen,” said Hight who has 57 career final round appearances. “I have been to the a couple final rounds in Chicago and I would love to get the first win in the new Camaro at Rt 66 Raceway.”

The Auto Club Funny Car reached the final round in 2006 and 2010. Hight also has two No. 1 qualifying efforts at Rt 66 Raceway, earning the top spot in 2005 and 2010. Over Hight’s career in Chicago he only has two first round loses and while he sits No. 8 in the Mello Yello point standings Hight knows how quickly a positive move can be made.

“We are 40 points out of fourth place right now and I think by the end of the summer we could be in the top three with good races. We just came off of four races in a row and after Chicago we’ll get the Western Swing. I am looking forward to this next month of racing. We have to stay focused on Chicgao first since this is the home of PEAK John’s primary sponsor and we want to perform well for them and of course Auto Club,” summed up Hight.

BRITTANY FORCE READY TO MAKE MOVE IN WINDY CITY

CHICAGO, IL (July 5, 2016) --- The Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster and driver Brittany Force have been making steady progress the past month and now heading into Chicago for the Rt 66 NHRA Nationals the two-time winning team is focused on getting another victory. In two of the past three races Force has recorded a semi-final finish and the 2013 Rookie of the Year knows this kind of consistency will be key later in the season.

“We have had two strong finishes in the past three races. We made it to the semi-finals in Englishtown and then two weeks ago in Norwalk. We closed the gap on third place in the points and I am excited with how well this team has been working together,” said Force.

The fourth tear pro won for the first time in her career at the historic Gatornationals. It was her 75th professional start and then two races later at the unique Four-Wide NHRA National Force picked up her second win. It was a wild experience for the second youngest daughter of legendary Funny Car racer John Force.

“When I won in Gainesville it was my 75th race and my dad won his first race at his 75th race. That was cool. We also doubled up in Gainesville since Robert (Hight) won in Funny Car so it was just the best da,” recounted Force. “My whole family was there plus a lot of family friends. It was perfect.”

Since those two wins Force has been on a meteoric rise both in performance and popularity. At the Kansas Nationals Force set the national elapsed time record running 3.676 seconds. The record added Force’s name to a family legacy that has seen every Force racer hold a national elapsed time or speed record at least once in their racing career.

“Getting that national record in Topeka was unbelievable. First just saying you ran 3.676 second doesn’t sound right. We ran in the 3.60s once in testing but to officially run that quick and to get the national record is just so cool. I have to thank my team led by crew chief Brian Husen and consultant Alan Johnson,” said Force.

The addition of Husen and Johnson to the Monster Energy team in the off-season has been a big boost to the John Force Racing Top Fuel program. JFR has a technical alliance with Steve Torrence Racing which Alan Johnson who Johnson also acts as a team consultant so both teams reap the benefits of Johnson’s expertise and the data from an additional dragster during the races.

“I am so proud to be working with Alan Johnson and Brian Husen. They have won world championships and that is what we want to do with this Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team,” added Force. “I am working to get better as a driver and this whole team is focused on getting the best performance every weekend.”

It was two years ago that Force narrowly missed her first Top Fuel victory losing in the final round to Antron Brown at Rt 66 Raceway. Force had qualified No.4 and defeated Terry McMillen, Shawn Langdon and JR Todd before pulling up beside Brown in the final. It was a dramatic conclusion to the race on live TV that saw Force roll up late to the starting line already strapped into her dragster. It was a close race at the finish line but Brown got the win light. Force is hoping for one more win light this weekend.

NEW CAMARO WITH NEW PAINT SCHEME HIGHLIGHTS FOR COURTNEY FORCE IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO, IL (July 5, 2016) --- Courtney Force and her Traxxas team will not only debut their new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car this weekend at the 19th Annual K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals, but they will also unveil a new, wild and exciting paint scheme from The Fastest Name in Radio Control for one race only. The 28-year-old driver is the third and final John Force Racing pilot to race the 2016 Camaro SS Funny Car after her teammates John Force and Robert Hight made their first passes down the race track in the sporty design earlier this season.  

 “I can't wait to unveil the new Camaro SS Funny Car body with the new Traxxas paint scheme this weekend in Chicago. If the fans loved my last paint scheme they are sure to love this one too! I'm a little nervous going to something so different, but also very excited to get there and try it out. I can’t wait to see what our team can do with it this weekend.

“My dad and Robert have been driving their new Camaros for the past few races and it's finally our turn. Chevrolet has done a phenomenal job with the design of the new body and I'm eager to have that clear visual out the front, from the driver’s perspective. Dan Hood and Ronnie Thompson are so excited for us to run the new body and they have set the bar high for themselves with what we could possibly do. We can't wait for this weekend and although it may take some time to get it all figured out, I know this will be huge for our Traxxas Chevy Camaro team for the rest of the season,” said Force.

As we advance through the second half of the season, race fans and the media are in for a few surprises along the way. Leading up to the Countdown, the Traxxas Funny Car driven by the 2012 Rookie of the Year will feature several new paint schemes. Be sure to stay tuned to see what her Funny Car will look like at the next race.

“Traxxas has designed a brand new paint scheme that is full of color and expected to catch the eye of our fans when on the track, just like our last paint scheme. With all of the positive feedback from last years’ design I can't wait for the fans to see this one. This will be very special for the fans in Chicago this weekend because they will be the first to see the paint scheme on our new Chevy Camaro SS body, and on top of it, this will be the only race we run these colors before we switch it up again with Traxxas, The Fastest Name in Radio Control,” said Force.

In 2012 during Force’s rookie season she advanced to her first ever final and ended the weekend runner up of the event from the No. 12 spot. The last three years she has qualified in the top half of the field and started race day with lane choice over her opponent.

“I love coming back to Chicago because I think back to my rookie year where we almost took home the win. We have done well at this track in the past while qualifying in the top half nearly every year. This will be an intense weekend for our Traxxas team and so exciting with the new body and paint scheme so we are hoping to get into that winners circle before this paint scheme is retired.

“I will be at HobbyTown USA Thursday in Chicago to kick off the race weekend signing autographs and taking pictures from 6-7pm! I hope all the fans come out and check out HobbyTown USA and all of their Traxxas products. Pick up a Traxxas radio control car, truck, boat, etc. and I will sign it on the spot. Hope to see everyone there!” added Force. 

From our friends at JOHN FORCE RACING - The Road to Bristol

Maggie Smith Jun 14, 2016 4:14:37 PM
From our friends at JOHN FORCE RACING - The Road to Bristol

JOHN FORCE CONTINUES LEGENDARY CAREER THIS WEEKEND IN BRISTOL

BRISTOL, TN (June 14, 2016) --- John Force made his mark at Bristol Dragway when he drove the iconic Superman Funny Car to the winner’s circle as the winner of the Top Fuel vs. Funny Car Winston Showdown in 1999. That win coupled with Force’s four victories at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals contributed to Force being selected for induction to the Legends of Thunder Valley this weekend at Bristol Dragway.

“Bristol Dragway is a Bruton Smith track and I always want to do my best at any of Bruton’s tracks. I love racing at Thunder Valley and we have had some success there. It was big for me personally to beat the Top Fuel dragsters in that race and Bob Vandergriff Jr. is one of the best out there so I was proud of that,” said Force.

Over the years at Bristol Dragway Force has raced his Funny Car to the final round on five occasions picking up four wins most recently in 2013 when the 143-time Funny Car winner outran Cruz Pedregon. Surprisingly for all of Force’s race day success he only has one No. 1 qualifier which was last year with then rookie crew chief Jon Schaffer at the helm.  In fifteen seasons Force has never started the Thunder Valley Nationals from the bottom half of the field and only four occasions was he even No. 7 or lower.

“Jon Schaffer and these PEAK crew guys have been giving me a good racecar. We have the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car and I love it. A lot of work went into getting it just right and I am excited to be driving this hot rod. Robert got his 2016 Camaro a couple races ago and Courtney should get hers in Chicago. All my teams have been doing well this season and we are up there in the points,” said Force.

This season Force has raced to one final round dropping a tough race to Tim Wilkerson in Phoenix and he has been to the semifinals at three other races. The winningest driver in NHRA history knows that seeing four win lights on Sunday is one of the toughest things to do in the Funny Car class these days. That challenge does not take away the enthusiasm the 16-time Funny Car champion has for getting into his racecar.

“When I put on my firesuit I feel like I am 20 years old again. I have all these young crew guys working on this PEAK Camaro and I can’t let them down. They give me energy and I hope I team them something about being champions. Last race I got them all together and we talked about what this team means to me and how much I love every one of those kids. You have to have a team to win out here and I think I have a pretty good team. I got my money back with PEAK, Auto Club, Traxxas, Monster Energy, Mac Tools and Lucas Oil so we’ll be alright,” said Force.

HIGHT READY TO GET BACK ON TRACK IN BRISTOL

BRISTOL, TN (June 14, 2016) --- Robert Hight knows that history can be made at any track. With performance numbers dropping from race to race these days in the NHRA Funny Car class the right conditions can lead to record setting times on any run. The Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS is ready to get into the performance battle and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is a prime target for the 2011 Thunder Valley Nationals winner.

“We tried a lot of new things on this Auto Club Camaro last weekend in Englishtown and I was really excited to see the performance numbers. We are making progress and even though we had a short day on Sunday that doesn’t take away from my confidence. My crew chief Mike Neff is a smart guy and my crew guys are some of the best guys out here,” said Hight from his pit in Englishtown.

Hight qualified No. 3 at the SummerNationals with a 3.915 second elapsed time but was upset by Jeff Diehl in the first round when Hight’s 10,000 hp racecar smoked the tires.  Diehl would race all the way to the semifinals but the first round loss stuck with Hight.

“We have been making good runs in qualifying since we got the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car body but there is an adjustment period for sure. Plus we are trying a couple other things and getting everything to work together is a process. I am excited to be getting back to Bristol. I love the fans there and the track is awesome. I’ll be doing some trap shooting with the media on Thursday and that always gets your competitive juices flowing,” said Hight.

This season Hight has had some early success winning the historic Gatornationals for the third time and also posting semifinal finishes at the Winternationals and the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix. Since that strong three race start to the season Hight has not been able to get to the semifinals. In two of the last for races Hight’s biggest obstacle has been his teammate Courtney Force who was the Funny Car points leader.

In Atlanta and Epping Hight matched up with Force in the second round and first round, respectively and he  came up the losing side of both of those races. The only positive for Hight has been that for most of the season the Funny Car points leader has either been him or his Traxxas-backed teammate.

“This is a long season and where you start doesn’t have a lot of impact on where you will end up some times. It is nice to have the points lead and to get some race wins. Courtney and I are locked into the Traxxas Shootout at Indy and winning that $100,000 prize would be huge. The real deal is you want to try and be consistent and we are in the middle of four races in a row. My goal is to have a success race in Bristol and then go to the next race and do well there,” summed up Hight.

COURTNEY FORCE WOULD LIKE EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT WITH WIN IN BRISTOL

BRISTOL, TN (June 14, 2016) --- Courtney Force is preparing for the third stop along a four-race swing with her Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS team. The 16th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway is the 10th of 24 races in the NHRA Mello Yello Series and also Force’s birthday weekend. She will be turning 28 years old on Monday.

“Not only is Bristol one of my favorite tracks on the NHRA circuit because of the beautiful scenery and dedicated fans, but it will also be a race that I hope to win as a birthday gift to myself! My birthday is the Monday after the race so I'm really hoping for a successful weekend.

“I can't wait to be in my race car and wouldn't want to spend it anywhere else. I get to be with my family, friends and team and get to celebrate Father's Day with my dad within the same weekend! I definitely hope there is a JFR car in the Winner’s Circle and hope it's The Fastest Name in Radio Control,” said Force.

This will be the first time in the last four race events that Force has not sat atop the Funny Car points. The 27-year-old driver suffered an upset in the first round of eliminations last week at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park beside her father and 16-time Funny Car Champion John Force, which ultimately led to Force being bumped to the No. 3 spot in points.

“Our team has had a consistently strong performance so far this season, but lost our rhythm this past weekend. I'm excited to get right back at it, and I know my entire Traxxas team is as well,” said Force.

The first round exit was Force’s first opening round loss of the 2016 season a streak of nine consecutive races.

Last year at the Thunder Valley Nationals, Force qualified in the No. 7 position and went into race day with lane choice over Cruz Pedregon, but lost in a race day upset. It was the very next weekend in Norwalk that Force went to her 14th final round and was runner-up of the event.

“My Traxxas team is thrilled to get to Thunder Valley and thankful for the race being back to back so we can quickly put Englishtown behind us after an early first round exit. We are hoping for a better weekend in Bristol and will take what we gathered from this past weekend and hopefully get this car qualified better this weekend. We missed opportunities of gathering bonus points during qualifying and have lost our points lead but looking forward to hopefully making a comeback this weekend,” said Force.

BRITTANY FORCE BUILDING MOMENTUM HEADED TO THUNDER VALLEY

BRISTOL, TN (June 14, 2016) --- So far this season Brittany Force and the Monster Energy team have been checking items off of their racing bucket list at almost every event it seems. Force won for the first time in 75 races at the historic Gatornationals and then followed that up with a win at the Four-Wide Nationals. In Topeka at the Kansas Nationals the fourth year pro set the national elapsed time record of 3.676 seconds and etched her name in the history books as the quickest Top Fuel driver ever. With the historic Thunder Valley Nationals coming up this weekend Force is looking to continue to have success behind the wheel of her 10,000 hp racecar.

“Bristol is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit and I would love to bring home a win there,” said Force, who is currently fourth in the Top Fuel standings. “It would be pretty awesome to double-up on Father’s Day and end up in the winner’s circle with the Monster Energy team and the PEAK team with my dad.”

Force’s father, John Force, will be inducted into Bristol Dragway’s Legends of Thunder Valley on Sunday morning. The second youngest Force racing daughter has grown up watching her dad win, crash and talk across the country. Now she is seeing up close the competitive side of her 16-time championship father and she is using his wisdom to enhance her own racing career.

“On Sunday I was struggling with my reaction times and I was really starting to get down on myself. I went to my dad and he gave me a good pep talk. He said you have to race from the heart and just let everything else go. You have to love it. I really listened to that and it made a difference. In the semifinals I left first on the starting line and even though we didn’t get the win against Torrence I feel like I did a much better job driving,” explained Force.

The Monster Energy Top Fuel team was overhauled in the off-season with the addition of Top Fuel consultant Alan Johnson and crew chief Brian Husen. That combination along with Force’s continued experience behind the wheel has made the JFR Top Fuel dragster one of the most consistent on tour this season.

“I can’t say enough about Alan and Brian,” Force said. “They have been so great to work with and this whole Monster Energy team has really come together. This whole team works really well together and they are a great group of guys. I am proud of every one of them, and we all work so hard to try and get the win every race.”

This season the Monster Energy dragster has only lost in the first round three times and as advanced to at least the semifinals four times including last week at the SummerNationals. Force held the Top Fuel points lead for four races and now is comfortably in the No. 4 spot. Force continues to develop as a driver and knows that there is room for improvement at every race.

“It definitely feels good to be going rounds,” Force said. “It was a tough weekend for us (in Englishtown). We struggled a little bit in qualifying. As a driver, I was really struggling on the tree. I just couldn’t seem to find it so it felt good on that third round to finally have a decent tree. We didn’t get the win, but it feels good to leave on that note and overcome the struggle I was having this weekend.”

Hurco in the West

Maggie Smith Mar 30, 2016 11:35:45 AM
Hurco in the West

Throughout North America, Hurco partners with distributors to sell and service our CNC machines. We are proud these family-owned businesses have chosen to represent our products. Since Hurco is located in the heartland (Indianapolis, Indiana), our sales team travels a great deal to make sure all distributors have the information and tools they need to represent Hurco. We are so appreciative of our distributor in Colorado (Foothills Machinery) for hosting us and the Hurco distributors from the western United States this week. It was great to break bread with these professionals who do such a great job educating shops of all sizes in their respective territories about the benefits of Hurco CNC machines and explaining how Hurco CNC technology makes shops more productive and profitable.

The winner of Hurco's Colts tickets.

Maggie Smith Dec 18, 2015 12:24:16 PM
The winner of Hurco's Colts tickets.

Since the international headquarters of Hurco has been right here in Indianapolis since Gerald Roch and E.L. Humston started Hurco in 1968, we decided to officially cheer for our home team by being an official sponsor! Each home game, we send an email to people in our Indiana region to enter a drawing for tickets to the Colts game.

And the winner is...(cue drum roll)

Maggie Smith Nov 25, 2015 4:42:05 PM
And the winner is...(cue drum roll)

We held our drawing for Sunday's Colts game against Tampa Bay. The winner was Don Dumoulin of Precise Mold in Columbus, Indiana. As a side note: we realized the southern part of the state has won every drawing so far for Colts tickets. We presumed it was because more people from that region entered. After reviewing the lists, it appears they are just luckier than the northern part of the state since entries from northern Indiana outnumber those from southern Indiana 3 to 1. Something to ponder.

Hurco and the NFL

Maggie Smith Oct 4, 2015 5:41:00 PM
Hurco and the NFL

Based in Indianapolis since 1968, this year Hurco decided to partner with our hometown football team: The Indianapolis Colts. We have signs, ads, etc., but the best part of the sponsorship is the fun fan experience we can share with machinists and shop owners throughout Indiana. 

The students at L.C. Webster bring sunshine to Hurco.

Maggie Smith Nov 13, 2014 4:02:16 PM
The students at L.C. Webster bring sunshine to Hurco.

You Made Our Day Webster Students!

The students at L.C. Webster school in St. Paul, Minnesota, certainly brightened our day. They sent us thank you notes and hand-made posters. It would have made us smile any day, but it was an especially wonderful way to start the morning on this cloudy, cold, dreary day.

The class went on a field trip to a machine shop and their teacher thought they would get more out of the experience if they had some understanding of CNC machines before they went. We sent them Hurco catalogs (and some pens and stickers). 

In addition to the artwork, we received handwritten thank you notes. Morgan said she uses her Hurco pen each day to do her homework when she's riding the bus home. She thanked us for taking time out of our work day to send the class brochures, stickers, and pens. Leah said she liked getting to see all of the machines on the field trip and the parts the people make on the machines--especially the aluminum part shaped like their state that had a panda on it!

Hats off to the entire L.C. Webster school, but especially to their teacher for sharing the world of manufacturing with these young students!


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