John Force Racing
YORBA LINDA, CA – After four months of postponement and ever-changing scenarios, NHRA went forward with a revised Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule that restarted with two-consecutive races at the storied Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Indiana. Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion and NHRA legend John Force sidelined his four-car team for the restart of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The driver of the PEAK BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS announced today that John Force Racing will remain parked for the 2020 season in order to come back at championship caliber.
“When I first got into racing, I always had a love for cars, I loved the comradery of the team, I loved the competition. As I evolved, I realized what it took to become a winner. It took money and that’s when I started chasing corporate America. I had no personal wealth, I had to find sponsors to get me the crew chiefs I needed to win,” said Force, owner and CEO of John Force Racing. “As the winning happened, I found a new love. The fans. The fans are what kept me motivated and made me never ever think anything would come to an end. Even in the hardest of times, I call them crossroads, I got through it with the help of the fans and my sponsors. I went from a one car team to a multi-car team, to having machine shops, chassis shops and paint shops and the technology to win.
YORBA LINDA, CA — Marwin Sports USA joins the John Force Racing family as the official work apparel partner of the 21-time championship team. Marwin, which produces clothing that is the highest in quality and durability, will not only outfit the crews of 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, three-time and reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight, 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force and 2019 Road to the Future Award winner Austin Prock, but the administrative and logistical staff in both Indiana and California as well as Force American Made employees in Indiana.
“All of us at Marwin Sports are proud to partner with the entire team at John Force Racing. We are excited to bring our technical performance work apparel to all team members. From the office staff to Force American Made guys at their shop and to the crew out on the starting line, our gear is put to the test by John Force Racing and other champions all around,” said Marwin Sports USA Vice-President Kevin McConnell. “With a well-rounded catalog producing team-wear, corporate-wear, fan-wear and lifestyle, Marwin Sports has you covered. Visit MarwinSports.com for more info”
GAINESVILLE, FL – Recharged and motivated as ever, three-time and reigning Funny Car world champion Robert Hight and his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team are ready to go back-to-back at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Hungry for their first win of the season, Hight and his Auto Club team head to this year’s Gatornationals in a much different position than year’s past. After a successful pre-season test session that had the Auto Club crew looking like they were going to continue their class domination for a fourth year, the first two races of the season have not gone exactly as planned. They qualified third at the season-opening Winternationals, where Hight was the defending event winner, and had a quarterfinal finish. At the Arizona Nationals, the Auto Club team was again in the upper echelon of the Funny Car class at No. 3 but had a first-round exit.
“I know what this Auto Club Chevy team is capable of, I know what Jimmy and Chris can do with this car and I know how hard the crew guys work. We tested after the Phoenix race and we’ll be back on track. We were quickest at pre-season testing and that wasn’t a mistake,” Hight said. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, to getting back to racing next in Gainesville. Two weeks is a long time to be waiting to get back in your car.”
AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST TEAM EAGER TO GET TO GAINESVILLE RACEWAY FOR NHRA GATORNATIONALS
GAINESVILLE, FL – Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel team are making their way to the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the first east coast race and third event of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, determined for success.
For the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future award winner, the 2020 season has been off to a promising start. At preseason testing, Prock laid down a stout 3.682-second pass at 333.08 mph in his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster that carried over into the season-opening Winternationals. There he raced to a career-best elapsed time of 3.678-seconds, secured the No. 2 qualifying spot, his best qualifying effort, and finished runner-up for the first time to be second in the Mello Yello points standings. Following the recent NHRA Arizona Nationals where Prock and the Montana Brand team finished race day early in the first round, the Mike Green and Joe Barlam led team took advantage to test Monday where where they made four passes down track and picked up new data that the team is confident about.
“This Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team had a tough weekend in Phoenix. We had a few gremlins, so we stayed and tested at Wild Horse Pass, and learned a lot. I think we’ll be ok at this next one and will be well on our way to having a great season,” said Prock who is only 22 points behind his previous No. 2 spot in points standings. “Mike Green, Joe Barlam and my team have been working really hard and we feel like we can show up and go some rounds and win in Gainesville.”
BRITTANY FORCE AND MONSTER ENERGY LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE ON RECENT PERFORMANCE WITH A WIN AT NHRA GATORNATIONALS
GAINESVILLE, FL – Brittany Force and her Monster Energy team head east for the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway eager to pursue her third consecutive No. 1 qualifier and first win of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season at the track where she earned her first career win.
After securing the No. 1 qualifying spot and racing to the semifinal at the Winternationals, Force and her Top Fuel team picked up where they left off at the recent Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Throughout qualifying the powerhouse team led by David Grubnic and Mac Savage dominated the Top Fuel class. They made a 3.707 and 3.680 second pass before laying down an impressive 3.670 to clinch their second consecutive green hat start of the season, 20th in Force’s career and first at the facility. On race day, Force brought the same momentum opening eliminations with a stout 3.643-second pass at 337.92 mph to set both ends of the Wild Horse Pass track record before having a quarterfinal finish.
“We didn’t have the race day we wanted in Phoenix, went out early in the second round, but it was a good weekend for this team. We were the No. 1 qualifier and set the elapsed time and speed record so we’re going into the next one really confident,” said Force. “I have an amazing team behind me with David Grubnic, Mac Savage and the Monster Energy boys, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the driver’s seat and seeing what we can accomplish together in Gainesville.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force and the BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS team are showing no signs of letting up as they head to the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals this weekend at Gainesville Raceway for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series East Coast opener.
Force, who finished runner-up at the season-opening Winternationals, continued to impress behind the wheel of his ‘Ole Blue’ Chevy Camaro at the recent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The 152-time winner rocketed to the No. 2 qualifier spot and brought the same energy into race day. In the first round of eliminations, Force laid down low ET and top speed of the event with a stout 3.848-second pass at 335.90 mph. His consistency showed through the next two rounds and although he came up short to rival Jack Beckman in the semifinal, he left Wild Horse Pass third in the Mello Yello points standings by only two points.
“We didn’t get the win, but Phoenix was a good weekend for the BlueDEF Chevy team. I have a good race car and we’ll get BlueDEF, Chevy and all our sponsors in the winner’s circle soon,” Force said. “It’s early and the season is just getting started but my son-in-law Danny Hood, Ronnie Thompson and Tim Fabrisi and the young guys on my team are working hard so we’ll be there soon.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – Gainesville Buick GMC, part of the Morgan Auto Group, will continue their partnership with John Force Racing by providing all four drivers with vehicles March 12-15 during the NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.
Vehicles will be provided for sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force, three-time and reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight, 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force, and 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future award winner Austin Prock. On Friday, March 13 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Funny Car drivers John Force and Robert Hight and Top Fuel pilot Brittany Force will be at Gainesville Buick GMC for a special meet-and-greet and autograph session with the fans.
“We all love getting to Gainesville and seeing our good friends at Gainesville Buick GMC. They have some great GMCs, Buicks and Chevrolets out there and we want to encourage fans to come out and test one before seeing us at the Gatornationals,” said Force, who is an eight-time Gatornationals winner. “For the last five years we’ve partnered with the local General Motors dealers because we want to help our sponsors in any way we can, and we love doing it. We love being a part of the General Motors family and want the fans to be a part of it too.”