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AUSTIN PROCK NAMED 2019 AUTO CLUB ROAD TO THE FUTURE AWARD WINNER

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Austin Prock, driver of the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster for John Force Racing was named the Auto Club Road to the Future Award, NHRA’s Rookie of the Year Award, winner Monday night at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards banquet at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together. My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them,” Prock said. “I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight. They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock, son of three-time championship tuner for Robert Hight’s Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS, Jimmy Prock, made his NHRA Mello Yello professional debut at the 2019 NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and went onto race a full season in the Mello Yello Series.

Halfway through the tour, at the 16th race of 24, Prock earned his first NHRA professional victory at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, sharing the winner’s circle alongside team owner and NHRA Legend John Force as he earned his milestone 150th career victory. He recorded a career best elapsed time of 3.688-seconds and speed of 334.40 mph in a first-round victory over veteran racer Doug Kalitta at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.

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ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB END SEASON WITH TOP PRIZE AND RUNNER-UP FINISH AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

POMONA, CA — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS team earned their third NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car world championship Sunday when they had a runner-up finish at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Hight and the Auto Club crew became only the fifth Funny Car team to earn more than two titles. They join the ranks of Don Prudhomme, Raymond Beadle, Kenny Bernstein and John Force.

“It’s unbelievable. To win six races from start to finish, lead the points from start to finish which has been a dream of mine since the Countdown Era, and with the competition level in Funny Car, this is by far the championship I’m going to cherish the most because we earned it. We did our job. This has been the steadiest year I’ve ever had and that’s a real tribute to the Auto Club team and Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham. It’s amazing. I’m the luckiest guy in the world to drive this Funny Car,” Hight said. “What’s amazing is not that you win more than two championships but that, that puts you in a real elite group. To be among big names like Raymond Beadle, Don Prudhomme, John Force, Kenny Bernstein and then you add my name to that list, it’s almost like it doesn’t belong.”

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ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB CLINCH THIRD NHRA FUNNY CAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

POMONA, CA — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS team earned their third NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car world championship Sunday when they had a runner-up finish at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Hight and the Auto Club crew became only the fifth Funny Car team to earn more than two titles. They join the ranks of Don Prudhomme, Raymond Beadle, Kenny Bernstein and John Force.

By the time Hight entered the finals, he only needed to ensure he did not pick up any sort of penalty to clinch the victory. After an epic, crowd pleasing, long burnout, Hight wasn’t able to back the car up giving Beckman a solo run to the race win. En route to the championship victory, Hight entered race day qualified fifth for the Finals, a position that had him facing team owner John Force in the first round. Hight would end the legendary driver’s quest for a 17th championship with the quickest pass of the session, second quickest of race day, 3.945-seconds and 327.82 mph that bettered Force’s 5.234 at 141.97 after tire smoke. In the second round, Hight defeated Shawn Langdon with a 3.976-second pass at 324.75 mph.

In the semifinals, Hight would face championship contender Matt Hagan. Hight powered his Auto Club Camaro to a 3.977-second pass at 324.59 mph outrunning Hagan’s 4.014 at 326.95. The bid into the finals would set Hight up to only need to not be penalized in the finals, meaning as long as he did not cross the center line, hit a cone or the wall or oil down the race track, he would become the 2019 champion. Despite not making the pass, Hight was not penalized and had enough of a points lead to take the 2019 Funny Car title.

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JOHN FORCE RACING ENTERS AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS WITH CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES IN REACH

POMONA, CA — Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team propelled themselves up seven spots to secure the No. 5 qualifying position Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. In Top Fuel, Austin Prock improved to lock in the No. 10 spot with his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team and Brittany Force’s consistent performance earned her the No. 8 spot with Advance Auto Parts. Funny Car teammate John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS team will start race day from the No. 12 spot.

The John Force Racing team will be racing for a chance to secure two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world titles when they line up for eliminations on Sunday at what is considered a hometown race for the team that has headquarters in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Leading the battle for the 2019 Funny Car championship, Hight struggled through Friday’s qualifying sessions and seemed to continue to struggle when his Chevy Camaro again smoked the tires to run a 4.199-second pass at 233.03 mph during Saturday’s opening qualifying run. Hight and the Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS team came up in the final qualifying round back in championship form. The Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham-led team laid down an impressive 3.895-second pass at 330.55 mph to be third quickest of the session, pick up two valuable bonus points and jump seven spots to earn the No. 5 qualifier heading into race day.

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JOHN FORCE RACING BEGINS BATTLE FOR SECOND NHRA MELLO YELLO NITRO CHAMPIONSHIP SWEEP FRIDAY AT AUTO CLUB RACEWAY AT POMONA

POMONA, CA — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team lead John Force Racing from the No. 5 qualifying spot Friday at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Her legendary father, John Force, and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team are currently No. 10, Robert Hight is sitting in the No. 12 spot with his Automobile Club of Southern California hot rod, and Austin Prock is 16th with the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel team.

Brittany Force, who entered the weekend trailing just 16 points behind first in her bid for a second Top Fuel crown this weekend, launched her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a 3.726-second pass at 331.69 mph in the first qualifying round to be third quickest of the group and pick up two bonus points. Force came into the evening session on a solo run where, like the majority of the Top Fuel class, struggled to make it down track when the smoked the tires and had to shut off early running only a 6.640-second pass at 97.64 mph. The Advance Auto Parts team will start day two of qualifying from the No. 5 spot.

“First day of the last race of the season and we’re fifth, not a bad place to be. We picked up two bonus points in round one. We’re in the hunt for a championship so (crew chief) David Grubnic and this entire Advance Auto Parts team, we’re all pushing,” Force said. “You can’t run the car safe. You’ve got to push it to the limits and that’s what we did on that last run and we lost but we’ll pick it back up tomorrow.”

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ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB ON THE THRESHOLD OF SECURING THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

POMONA, CA — When regular season champion and points leader Robert Hight gets behind the wheel of his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS this weekend for the season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, he’ll be fighting for his third Funny Car championship title and with a 46-points lead.

Since the beginning of the season, the crewman turned world champion has been a force to be reckoned with. He led the points through 18 consecutive events, secured the regular season championship for the first time in his career, raced his way to a career-best six wins including a milestone 50th career victory at the Sonoma Nationals, finished runner-up twice and picked up eight No. 1 qualifiers. He’s also padded the NHRA history books twice this season at the 50th annual Gatornationals and the Southern Nationals when he became the first driver since 1987 to be No. 1 qualifier at three back-to-back events, then was recognized as the first since 1987 to hold the top spot in five of the first seven events.

“This Auto Club Chevy Camaro team has had an incredible season. Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham and all of my guys, this championship is what we’re all going for, we missed it by that much last season which makes us want it even more. Vegas wasn’t what we hoped for but we had a great race car and we’re still in the points lead which gives us a lot of confidence,” said Hight. “It’s the final race of the season this weekend and with points and a half, anything can happen. I think its really going to come down to race day and this Auto Club team is ready.”

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JOHN FORCE AND PEAK AUTO NOT BACKING DOWN FROM CLINCHING 17TH FUNNY CAR TITLE AS THEY ENTER THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

POMONA, CA — Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS team may be trailing 72 points behind teammate and points leader, Robert Hight but that isn’t stopping the most decorated driver in NHRA history in his quest for an unparalleled 17th Funny Car title this weekend at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

With two wins this season including a historic 150th career victory at the Northwest Nationals and a bucket list win at the U.S. Nationals that tied him with Ed McCulloch for most Funny Car wins at an event, two runner-up finishes, and five No. 1 qualifiers, Force has not only added to his already monumental resume but with the help of his 11,000-horsepower machine, has put himself in contention for a 17th world championship title.

“Well, we’re heading into the last event of the season. We have points and a half up for grabs at this event, like Indy, and anything can happen but this ‘Old Blue’ PEAK Chevy Camaro has been a great race car all year. It’s a fast hot rod and Brian Corradi, Danny Hood, Tim Fabrisi and all the young guys on my team, they’ve worked really hard to give me the best car out there,” said Force who made NHRA history twice this year alongside daughter Brittany Force when the pair qualified No. 1 together making them the first parent-child duo to clinch the top spots. “I love being in this car. Doing what I get to do and being out there with all the fans and with our sponsors, it makes me feel alive.”

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