John Force Racing
MORRISON, CO — John Force captured his 149th Funny Car victory Sunday at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver. The winningest driver in NHRA history defeated a Who’s Who of drivers including two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan, long-time nemesis Cruz Pedregon, daughter Courtney Force, the current points leader and No. 1 qualifier and in the final round Force, in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro, took out the second winningest Funny Car driver, Ron Capps. At the end of the day, and after over a year between wins, the ever-humble Force thanked two special people for inspiring him to victory.
One was a lifelong friend, Bandimere Speedway track owner John Bandimere Jr., and the other was a brand new motivator, Kirstie Ennis, a U.S. Marine who lost her leg in combat in Afghanistan and was at the track representing Building Homes for Heroes and Advance Auto Parts.
“I found myself with all the crashes and everything that happened probably at the lowest point in my career. It has been worse than when I crashed in 2007,” said an emotional Force in the Bandimere media center. “I have been fighting to get back. I never let on to anyone but it showed that I just looked like a mess. I am fighting to get back. I had four crashes and after my last one I had John Bandimere call me and say, ‘We have to talk.’ I said ‘I know you love God and I know where you want to go.’ He told me to listen to him and he set me straight.
MORRISON, CO — For the third consecutive year, Courtney Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to the No. 1 position at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals held at Bandimere Speedway just outside of Denver. Her Funny Car teammates followed close behind with Robert Hight and the Auto Club Camaro taking the No. 3 spot and John Force locking up the No. 5 position with his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Camaro. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force improved to the No. 2 position in her Carquest Brakes Monster Energy dragster.
Off the efforts of her 3.949-second pass at 309.91 mph from the final qualifying session, Courtney Force secured her ninth No. 1 qualifier of the season, 26th of her career, third consecutive at Bandimere Speedway and the 300th Funny Car No. 1 for John Force Racing.
“That run felt awesome and we obviously had nothing to lose,” said Force who is now third in No. 1 starts at John Force Racing behind only Hight and John Force. “It was a solid pass and we picked up a fair amount of bonus points throughout qualifying. My car actually shut off early that last run and that is why my speed was down. I think this Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro had a lot more in it. The conditions will be completely different going into race day but we feel like we have a pretty good hot rod and all of our Chevrolets are running strong.”
MORRISON, CO — The Chevrolet Camaro Funny Cars of John Force Racing hold the top three spots after two qualifying sessions on Friday at the Dodge Mile-High Nationals. Courtney Force leads the trio with her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS in the top spot. Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California team are No. 2 and John Force is No. 3 with his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil team. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force is currently qualified seventh with her Carquest Brakes Monster Energy dragster.
Courtney Force, who ran 3.966-seconds at 322.73 mph during the second qualifying session, is chasing her third consecutive No. 1 qualifier at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver, Colo. Force was quickest both sessions improving on her 3.995-second pass at 281.60 mph from the first session. She was the only Funny Car to run in the three-second range during Q1.
“To come out here in Denver and kick off the Western Swing with two solid runs is a good feeling,” said Force in the pressroom following qualifying. “To be honest we didn’t get a full pull in Q1. It started spinning the tires down there and I got out of it. It still managed to run a 3.99 which I think was very impressive. I was looking forward to go into Q2 because I knew we could improve on that time. We got that 3.96 and had a little explosion at the top end. It happened right in the lights and we were still able to get the ET we wanted. It feels good to pick up some more bonus points and have the No. 1 spot.”
MORRISON, CO — The next time John Force illuminates a win light in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, whether it’s during this week’s 39th Dodge Mile-High Nationals or a later event in the NHRA’s grueling Western Swing, he’ll establish another milestone in a sport in which he has been setting records and winning championships for almost 30 years.
Entering this week’s race at Bandimere Speedway, a track on which he has won a record seven times, the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion is just one stomp of the accelerator away from winning his 1,300th competitive round.
To put that number in perspective, it would take current Funny Car points leader and Bandimere Speedway record holder Courtney Force 28 seasons just to equal her dad’s record if she maintained her current dominant pace as driver of the Advance Auto Parts Camaro.
Ironically, for the Force family patriarch, the prospect of setting another record won’t be even a blip on the radar when he straps into his 10,000 horsepower hot rod for the start of qualifying on Friday.
MORRISON, CO — Bandimere Speedway forms the backdrop for a new episode of the action-adventure series “King of the Mountain” airing live this Sunday on FOX and starring two-time and reigning NHRA Funny Car champion Robert Hight.
Set on a racetrack perched 5,860 feet above sea level, cut literally into the side of a mountain, the series documents Hight’s bid to repeat as champion at the 39th Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the kickoff to the grueling Western Swing, a stretch of three races-in-three weeks that traditionally separates the contenders from the pretenders in professional drag racing.
A former competitive marksman, Hight has been “King of the Mountain” four times in the last 13 years, more often than any other driver in the class including teammate and mentor John Force, whose seven overall wins are the most ever on a track considered the most challenging in the NHRA’s 24-event Mello Yello Series.
Hight’s stellar supporting cast includes Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham and the 10,000 horsepower Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro in which last year he became the quickest and fastest ever to negotiate the NHRA’s 1,000-foot race course (3.793 seconds and 339.87 miles per hour).
MORRISON, CO — Since the start of the season Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts team have been dominating the Funny Car category with eight semifinal finishes in the first thirteen races. Force has punctuated that success with a career best four wins and eight No. 1 qualifiers. In fact, the NHRA Mello Yello points leader for the last seven races has only qualified outside of the top four one time in 2018.
This weekend all eyes will be on the 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals as FOX will air the race live nationally and the youngest daughter of racing icon John Force is excited to get back on track.
“I am excited to head back to Denver to kick off the Western Swing. We were No. 1 qualifier the last two years at Bandimere Speedway,” said Force. “This Advance Auto Parts team had an early exit last season but we have also raced to the finals in Denver. That is the kind of success we are looking for with this team. We want to extend our points lead and start the Western Swing on the right foot. We are really excited to be on the West Coast and looking forward to a great weekend.”
MORRISON, CO — For Brittany Force the 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals will be a chance for the reigning Top Fuel champion to get her first win on the mountain and also highlight a new sponsorship partner with Carquest Brakes emblazoned on the side of her 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster as well as her parachutes.
“We will have a new look with Carquest Brakes and that is exciting. You want to get those wins for the new sponsors. Carquest is running a special promotion this month with Speed Perks members. They can get a nice discount on Carquest Platinum Professional Brake Pads from advanceautoparts.com. We are glad they came on board and we are going to give them our best,” said Force.
Force has one final round appearance on the mountain a runner-up in 2014 where she dropped a close race to JR Todd. Since then she has raced to two more semifinals and qualified in the top half of the field.