John Force Racing
BAYTOWN, TX — Just four races after being involved in a serious crash, Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to the winner’s circle at the NHRA SpringNationals on Sunday. Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car finals and Courtney Force had a first round finish at Royal Purple Raceway just outside of Houston.
Brittany Force picked up her eighth career win, first of the season and first at Royal Purple Raceway when she raced to a 3.762-second pass at 299.46 mph to defeat Terry McMillen’s 3.818 at 311.56. The result comes after months of recovery for Force. As a result of her devastating crash at the season opening NHRA Winternationals, Force had an overnight hospital stay and has continued to go to physical therapy.
“This is a big win for us because our season has been so up and down. Our wreck in Pomona was a tough start,” Force said. “Leaving Pomona last season we were on a huge high. We won the championship and that is something every driver dreams about. We were able to do that and then coming out to the opening race of the season at the same track in Pomona it was the ultimate low. It was really tough in Phoenix getting back in that car. My guys knew it and for me I didn’t care about winning the race. All I cared about was getting back in the car and making runs. Gainesville was when I really felt like it was game on. This win is big for us. It puts Pomona behind us and it pushes us towards another championship. It’s because of the support system I have around me – sponsors and my team – that got us here today. I feel great now. I am back in the gym but not a 100% back.”
BAYTOWN, TX — Reigning Funny Car world champion Robert Hight powered his AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the 21st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway outside of Houston. Hight took the top spot from teammate Courtney Force who is No. 2, Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force also claimed the No. 2 spot and John Force, for the first time since 2008, failed to qualify for eliminations.
Hight laid down a 3.894-second pass at 317.27 mph in the final qualifying session to earn the 58th No. 1 of his career, first of the season and second at Royal Purple Raceway. Hight’s first No. 1 at the facility came in 2005 which led to his first pro victory in only his fourth professional race.
“It has been tricky. We did come right off the trailer on Friday with a 3.92 which was low of Q1. After that we were a little too aggressive,” explained Hight. “Jimmy (Prock) changed some things with the car over the past week that had to do with the NHRA mandated header angle rule. We adjusted the balance of the car and it definitely has more traction. Every run, I knew, if it hooked up and went, we would be low ET. You have to get it down there, though. I think the right lane is a little better and that was the lane where we made our two good runs. Right lane will definitely be lane choice tomorrow.”
BAYTOWN, TX — Brittany Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to the provisional No. 1 qualifier Friday night at the NHRA SpringNationals. In Funny Car, Robert Hight is narrowly in the second position, Courtney Force is 11th and John Force is 12th at the end of day one at Royal Purple Raceway just outside Houston in Baytown, Texas.
Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force set the track elapsed time record with her 3.701-second pass at 313.80 mph in the second qualifying session. It was only her second pull in the new dragster.
“It has been a whirlwind season. We pulled out a brand-new car in Pomona and that was my team’s dream car. We loved it and, unfortunately, we wrecked it. We have been running our 2017 race car the last few races while we built this dragster. We got it together and I spent the last week in Indy getting fitted for it,” explained Force. “Qualifying was testing for us. Alan Johnson, Brian Husen and this Monster Energy team are pretty incredible to be able to come out and on the second run with this car go to No. 1. That is amazing.”
BAYTOWN, TX — Entering the NHRA SpringNationals, the fifth race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, John Force will be counting on his past success at Royal Purple Raceway, located just outside of Houston in Baytown, Texas, coupled with his most recent testing to give him the weekend he needs to turn his season around.
“This season has had a tough start,” Force said. “We have been testing and we figured some of our problems out. We ran well in Las Vegas at the Four-Wide and didn’t have any issues. That is a step in the right direction. We stayed and tested after that race and I feel good heading to Texas.”
Force has won seven times at Royal Purple Raceway, more than any other professional drag racer in any category, and he also has nine No. 1 qualifiers. Force’s 100th NHRA victory also came at the NHRA SpringNationals in 2002.
“I love racing in Texas whether we are in Houston or Dallas. I have won a lot of races in Houston and the fans are great,” Force explained. “Robert will have AAA Texas on his hot rod and we will be going to the AAA Texas stage to talk with the fans. I want to get back into this fight for the championship.”
After a runner-up finish at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Hight has had a series of short Sunday race days that have landed him seventh in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings.
“Jimmy Prock and I talked about the start of our season and how it hasn’t gone the way we wanted to at this point. I still feel really good heading into Houston. We are way better than where we are in the Mello Yello point standings,” Hight explained. “When our race car is right there is nobody better. We tested in Las Vegas and that went well so we are going to go and basically start our season in Houston.”
BAYTOWN, TX — Brittany Force, pilot of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, is hungry for her first win of the season to come at the NHRA SpringNationals, the fifth event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
After an intense crash at the Winternationals, Force has been climbing back to the top and back into championship form. She raced to the No. 3 qualifier at the most recent event, the inaugural Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals, but had a first round finish after pedaling her dragster, a technique she hadn’t used since the crash.
“That pedal definitely took me back to Pomona. It was race day. It was game on and we were looking for a win. What happened in Pomona is behind us and we are ready to fight it out for that first win of the season. When it wasn’t running smooth and it smoked the tires I pulled my foot out of it and made sure I let it settle. That is the one thing I learned coming out of Pomona. You have to make sure the car is completely settled. I got back on it and it started to go. I think it was a good pedal job on my end but it wasn’t enough to turn on a win light,” explained Force.
BAYTOWN, TX — Courtney Force, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, enters the NHRA SpringNationals, the fifth of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, second in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings with plenty of early season confidence and momentum.
Force, who won the 2016 event at Royal Purple Raceway just outside of Houston in Baytown, Texas, is coming off a No. 1 qualifier and semifinal finish at the inaugural Las Vegas Four-Wide. At the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Force had a quarterfinal appearance and at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix she picked up her first win of the season and first win since the 2016 SpringNationals. She also set both ends of the track record with her No. 1 qualifying pass at the Phoenix event.
“I am feeling really good heading into Houston after the Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas. Houston is a good track where we have had a lot of success, including a win a few years ago. With my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Danny Hood as well as my crew guys I feel like we have some pretty good momentum at the start of this season. I am looking forward to having a long weekend on the race track in Houston.”