John Force Racing
YORBA LINDA, CA — On Thursday, February 14th, 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force was a featured guest on NBA on TNT with Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson Jr. and Kenny Smith. Force joined the charismatic crew on the NBA Tip-Off pre-game show at 7 p.m. ET helping to promote the All-Star Motor Sports Challenge that will be airing today, Saturday, February 16 at 5 p.m. ET on TNT as part of its coverage for the NBA All-Star weekend.
John and 2017 Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force joined two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders and three-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. just outside of Charlotte in mid-January to help coach two drag racing teams comprised of familiar names in the professional basketball world. One team was captained by O’Neal, the other, Barkley and included on the rosters were analyst Johnson Jr., former All-Star players turned analysts Smith, Baron Davis, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and analyst and current WNBA star Candace Parker.
POMONA, CA — Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California team raced way to their victory at a weather delayed Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, the opening event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. On the way to their fourth win, Hight, the John Force Racing president, handed team owner John Force a loss in the semifinals and watched Top Fuel teammates Brittany Force and Austin Prock face-off in a first round duel that earned Prock the first-round win of his career.
After persistent rain cancelled racing on Sunday, Hight and his Auto Club team, who were also the No. 1 qualifiers, came out Monday morning on a mission. After having to step off the throttle in his first-round win against Terry Haddock to run 4.026-seconds, Hight strung together a trio of 3.8-second runs in three good side-by-side races for his 46th career victory and fourth Winternationals win.
“You know, you look at the Funny Car class and I think it’s tougher this year than it was last and that’s saying something so. Everybody is stacked up. It’s not going to be easy,” Hight said. “You’re going to have to be on your game all year long on the starting line. You’re going to have to have consistency with your car.”
POMONA, CA — Austin Prock earned his first career round win under gloomy conditions Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. Prock defeated Brittany Force in the first round before weather suspended competition at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Racing is set to continue Monday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of Top Fuel first round.
Before the weather interfered with the day’s racing activity, six pairs of Top Fuel dragsters lined-up, including Austin Prock in his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster against Brittany Force in her Advance Auto Parts dragster. It was a pedal fest for the John Force Racing teammates with Prock getting the better of the track. Prock would cross the finish line with a 4.029-second pass at 312.21 mph to top Force’s 5.851 at 112.72 to record his first professional NHRA career round win.
“I’m still speechless. I can’t believe how well this weekend has gone so far. My team is doing a great job and I’m really happy that Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist came on board to help make this dream of mine come true,” Prock said. “We did it in style this morning. That was the first time I’d ever pedaled a race car. It just seemed like instinct for me. I watched Billy (Torrence) do it two pair in front of me so I knew I had to be ready for it. I was and we got the job done. The chutes didn’t come out. I hit the lever and the cable was about a 16th of an inch from getting the chutes out. I got it stopped so that was good. Kept her out of the kitty litter.”
POMONA, CA — Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Funny Car team secured their 61st career No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opening event at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif. Team namesake John Force is in the show at the No. 13 spot in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS. In Top Fuel Brittany Force improved to the No. 4 qualifying position with Austin Prock landing in the No. 11 spot for his first professional start.
Off the efforts of his 3.871 second pass at 329.67 mph from Friday afternoon, Hight will start from the No. 1 spot for the third time at the Winternationals. Hight and the Auto Club team overpowered the track both runs on Saturday with a less than cooperative race track under their Goodyear tires.
“My car on the first run today, if it would have stuck going over that bump, it probably would have run 3.83 or 3.84. The numbers to the 330 were really, really good. We hit the bump and not a lot of spray out there and it came loose. The Funny Cars need a little better track prep. When you run at the back with how they are spraying 50/50 glue combination, there is not much glue left there. We have to do a better job because really it is all about putting on a show for the fans and that is what we need to be doing a better job of.”
POMONA, CA — Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California team ended day one of the season opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at the top of the Funny Car field Friday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Austin Prock held his own in his Top Fuel debut with his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team ending the evening in the eighth spot. The father daughter duo of 2017 Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force and 16-time Funny Car champion John Force are in 10th and 11th respectively in their categories.
Hight and his Auto Club Chevy Camaro started the day running 4.338 seconds at 269.40 mph after shaking the tires down track and shutting off early. Confident in his crew chief duo of Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham, Hight came out the second session to lay down an impressive 3. 871-second pass at 329.67 mph to land in the preliminary No. 1 qualifying spot.
“The first run we didn’t make it down under power. We had a good test session in Phoenix a week ago and came in here with the same set up. We just needed to make a few tweaks and changes. They got it on the second run and, honestly, I think there is more power in this Auto Club Camaro. (Crew chief) Jimmy Prock is pretty enthused about it. I shut it off a little early and it had a cylinder out. If we can get the same conditions tomorrow, I think we can go two or three hundredths quicker.”
JOHN FORCE READY TO KICK-OFF THE 2019 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SEASON WITH WINTERNATIONALS
POMONA, CA – Following a busy off season and successful testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force and his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro are more than ready to take on the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, the first race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
“It’s always exciting for me and the JFR team to kick-off the season at Pomona. It’s a home race for us and there’s nothing like being able to do what we do in front of family and friends,” said Force, CEO and owner of John Force Racing. “The 2018 season was tough. We didn’t end the season how we planned but we’ve made some adjustments with both the car and my team. It will feel good to get back behind the wheel and see what it can do.”
Brian Corradi, who joined the John Force Racing family at the beginning of the 2018 season, and Danny Hood are taking their expertise over to the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS. Corradi and Hood tuned Courtney Force to four victories and 11 No. 1 qualifiers for her career-best season in 2018. The team will be chasing a monumental 150th race win for Force, who is already the winningest driver in NHRA history.
POMONA, CA — Austin Prock, son of championship tuner Jimmy Prock, will make his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut at the 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend. Prock will be driving the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster for John Force Racing tuned by crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Ronnie Thompson.
“I’m excited to head out to Pomona for my first national event,” Prock said. “This is what I’ve been working towards for years now. I know it took a lot of hard work from everyone at John Force Racing to be able to make this happen. I’m proud to be able to race for Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist and John Force Racing and I can’t wait to go rounds and ultimately get in the winner’s circle. It’s going to be an exciting year with Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist and I’m excited to be able to represent their brands.”
Prock and his team tested their newly built dragster at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park over the weekend making several passes and left crew chiefs Schaffer and Thompson confident they’ll be ready for the season-opening event.