John Force Racing
BRAINERD, MN — Leaving the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway with a 179-points lead, Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team will only need to qualify at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to secure the No. 1 position in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.
It would be the first time in his 15-year career that Hight has won the regular season championship and the fifth time a John Force Racing driver has secured the title. Team namesake John Force held the No. 1 spot going into the Countdown in 2010 and 2014, former driver Mike Neff in 2011 and Courtney Force in 2018.
“I’ve never gone into the Countdown No. 1. You know, its 30 points, and once the Countdown starts, every point is going to matter. We’re going to go up there every single qualifying run and try to get three points or the little points. I lost the Championship in 2007 by 19 points so to go into the Countdown No. 1, it’s ours to lose, I guess. If you don’t mess up, it’s yours so I’m proud of my guys for that,” Hight said. “Proud of the first part of the season getting five wins and all the No. 1 qualifiers. Five wins is the most I’ve ever had in a season (ties 2011 and 2014) and I’m going to make a prediction right now that I’m going to need eight or nine to win the championship so that’s going to be a stellar year for the Auto Club Chevrolet. Eight or nine wins, that’s record time stuff.”
BRAINERD, MN — Brittany Force and the Carquest Filters dragster team earned the No. 1 qualifying spot and a guaranteed spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Her legendary father, John Force, moved into the No. 3 spot with the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Lighting Chevy Camaro SS team, Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California team are starting race day from the No. 4 position, and rookie Austin Prock is ninth with his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster.
Brittany Force started Saturday’s qualifying on a strong note when she powered her Carquest Filters dragster to a clean 3.803-second pass at 321.88 mph to be third quickest of the session and move into 10th from No. 12. She continued the upward momentum into the last qualifying session where she ran her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned hot rod to the stellar 3.772-second pass at 322.65 mph that launched her into the No. 1 spot for the fifth time this season, first time at Brainerd International Raceway and 15th time in her career. Heading into race day, Force will be chasing her second win of the 2019 NHRA season, second at Brainerd International Raceway and 10th of her career.
BRAINERD, MN — Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team lead John Force Racing from the No. 3 spot Friday night at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Funny Car teammate John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Lighting Camaro SS are currently No. 8 and, in Top Fuel, Austin Prock is seventh with Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist, and Brittany Force and her Carquest Filters dragster are sitting 12th.
Looking to pick up his sixth win of the season and second at the facility, two-time Funny Car world champion Robert Hight ran his Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS to a solid 3.924-second pass at 326.48 mph for the No. 3 position in the second qualifying session. The veteran driver earned one bonus point as he improved from his first run of 4.323-second pass at 213.27 mph after hazing the tires.
“We had a rough start to qualifying, had some tire smoke, but we were able to turn things around in that second pass and move four spots into third. We want to be in that No. 1 spot though so we’re going to fight to get it tomorrow,” Hight said. “The weather looks good too so I think we can get it done. We’ve made some respectable runs over the last few races and we want to keep building on that, so I know Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham and my Auto Club guys will get this thing going down there. I’m ready.”
JOHN FORCE RACING ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH TRI-PAC FOR NHRA NATIONALS AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
YORBA LINDA, CA — Tri-Pac North America LLC, an expert in managing and optimizing pallet supply chains and recycling waste systems, has signed on as the newest partner with John Force Racing. New to the sport of drag racing, Tri-Pac will be featured on all four of the John Force Racing hot rods at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Collectively, Tri-Pac has over 75 years of pallet manufacturing, recycling, logistic, transportation and onsite labor servicesexperience and a footprint that reaches across the United States, Canada and Mexico. With 15 manufacturing plants across the U.S and 600 affiliates located throughout Canada and Mexico, Tri-Pac continues to grow as an industry leader with a commitment to service, quality and financial stability.
“In the tough economy that we’re in, it takes money to run these race cars and to bring in Tri-Pac, a huge pallet company with headquarters in Lake City, Minn., I’m excited. I’ve met the owners; they’re bringing customers to the race. We’re looking to grow their business,” said John Force, owner and CEO of John Force Racing and driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. “They’re new to the sport of drag racing and we want to show them, not only a good time but, that there are opportunities here to expand and really build on what they already have, that’s what it’s all about. And ultimately, we want to put them in the winner’s circle.”
BRAINERD, MN — Having etched his name on a couple more pieces of drag racing history with a victory two weeks ago at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Kent, Wash., John Force turns his attention to another milestone this week when he drives the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Lighting Chevrolet Camaro SS in pursuit of the Funny Car championship at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
With tour win number 150 in the books, the sport’s most decorated driver can focus on the next item on his competitive “to do“ list and that is winning the NHRA Funny Car championship for an unprecedented 17th time in the last 33 years.
When racing begins Friday at Brainerd International Raceway, a track on which he has won a record 11 times, Force will trail only teammate and protégé Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro, in points.
HEADING TO BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB LOOKING TO KEEP UP FUNNY CAR DOMINANCE
BRAINERD, MN — Robert Hight is heading to the 17th event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season schedule, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, looking to continue the high-performance of his 11,000-horsepower Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car.
Hight, who is already locked in for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, has tallied five wins, two runner-up finishes, three semifinal appearances and eight No. 1 qualifiers this season as he chases his third Funny Car world championship title.
On his road to success, Hight has padded the NHRA history books with two of his green hat starts. The first came at the historic Gatornationals when he became the first driver since Kenny Bernstein in 1987 to collect three consecutive No. 1 qualifiers, and again at the Southern Nationals, when he secured the top spot to be the first driver since 1987 to be No. 1 in five of the first seven events. Hight also shared the winner’s circle with teammate Brittany Force in a John Force Racing double-up at the SpringNationals, and most recently won his 50th milestone victory at the Sonoma Nationals.
BRAINERD, MN — Coming off his first career victory at the recent Northwest Nationals, rookie Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team are hungry for continued success as they enter this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 17th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season schedule.
With a resume that already includes a handful of solid passes in the .70s and .80s, a career-best elapsed time of 3.696-seconds and top speed of 334.15 mph and a semifinal finish, Prock added his most impressive achievement to his list when he powered his Mike Green and Ronnie Thompson tuned dragster to a breakthrough victory at Pacific Raceways.
Starting race day from the No. 12 spot, the young driver strung together four solid runs taking out veteran racers Leah Pritchett, Clay Millican and Mike Salinas on his way to the first final round of his career. In the final, Prock launched his hot rod past reigning Top Fuel world champion and current points leader Steve Torrence to take home his first career Wally in a John Force Racing double up as team owner John Force earned his milestone 150th victory.