John Force Racing
YORBA LINDA, CA — John Force Racing announced today that Cornwell Quality Tools, a family owned business since its inception, will become the official tools of the 20-time NHRA world championship team beginning in the 2019 season. Cornwell Quality Tools, founded in 1919 by Eugene Cornwell in Northeast Ohio, will be celebrating 100 years of creating the best quality tools out of the best quality materials when it joins John Force Racing during the 2019 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
“We are looking forward to this new partnership with Cornwell Tools,” said John Force, CEO and owner of John Force Racing and driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro. “Cornwell Tools and John Force Racing share the same commitment to family. We’re a family run business, our teams and sponsors are our family out there on the road. Cornwell will be joining that family and we’re excited to be celebrating their 100 year anniversary with them in 2019.”
“We are extremely thrilled to partner with a winning team in John Force Racing,” said Bob Studenic, President and CEO of Cornwell Quality Tools. “As we begin an exciting 2019 set to celebrate our 100th year in business, supporting and working with John Force Racing is going to be a blast. John and his family know the importance of loyalty, hard work, and dedication. We value those same principles. All of us at Cornwell are looking forward to joining John Force and his team, as they race towards another successful NHRA season.”
POMONA, CA — The finale to the NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series 2018 season may not have ended with the championship celebration many had hoped and predicted but the legendary John Force Racing teams all finished inside the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top 10 for the 33rd time in the team’s 34-year history. Robert Hight came close to a repeat championship coming in second with Courtney Force ending a career best season in the sixth spot. Team namesake and CEO John Force finished ninth and in Top Fuel Brittany Force finished fifth after leading the team at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Sunday.
Brittany Force and her Monster Energy team took their Top Fuel dragster to the semifinals of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Force, the No. 3 qualifier, opened eliminations with a victory over Shawn Reed. She powered her dragster to a 3.702-second pass at 331.12 mph, bettering Reed’s 3.803 at 318.84.
Force then lined up with three-time world champion Antron Brown in the quarterfinals where she laid down an impressive 3.687-second pass at 333.00 mph to Brown’s 4.159 at 200.62. The Monster Energy team had their day come to an end when they ran 3.708-seconds at 332.18 mph coming up short against 2018 world champion and eventual event winner Steve Torrence and his 3.705 at 328.78. Force and the Monster Energy team lost by half a car length.
POMONA, CA — The John Force Racing teams enter race day at the Auto Club NHRA Finals with Brittany Force leading the way in the No. 3 Top Fuel qualifying position. Robert Hight will continue his Funny Car championship defense from the No. 5 spot with Courtney Force close behind in sixth. Team namesake John Force will chase win number 150 from the tenth spot.
Brittany Force, racing her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, had a solid pass of 3.754-seconds at 329.50 mph in the third qualifying session that jumped them into the No. 8 spot with one session left. Force and her crew, led by Brian Husen and Alan Johnson, saw even more improvement in their final qualifying pass when they ran a stout 3.667-seconds at an event and track record speed of 333.58 mph. Their efforts earned them the No. 3 qualifying spot and two qualifying bonus points.
“I knew way before we ran, they said the track had cooled to 82 degrees or something and we sat around and waited and it was getting cooler, darker. I knew it was prime conditions and we pulled it off. I could tell from the launch and the continual pull all the way down the racetrack (that) it was going to be in the high 3.60s. I didn’t think we’d pull off a 3.66, but that’s Alan Johnson and Brian Husen and my Monster Energy team. I’m pumped going into race day. We’re in the No. 3 spot and that’s a good place to be.”
POMONA, CA — In the chase for his third world championship, reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight lined up with J.R. Todd, whom he sat just 74-points behind in second place going into the weekend, for the first qualifying session at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona. Neither Funny Cars made it down the track and Hight coasted to a 6.130-second pass but wasn’t disheartened by the initially sluggish qualifying performance given the overall position he and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro are in.
“This is what you dream about. At the beginning of the year you want to be in this position at the end of the season with a chance to win the championship,” Hight explained. “This Auto Club Chevy and this team, we are in the hunt. We just have to make it happen. This is a really tricky race track. We will get ‘er tonight I promise.”
That they did. In the second qualifying session, Hight had a stout 3.936 second pass that earned him two bonus points for being third quickest in the session. The little points are important for the two-time world champion as he keeps his hopes alive of defending his title.
POMONA, CA — It’s been a tough season for the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel world champion that started at the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, but Brittany Force hasn’t let 2018 taint her fond memories of the Auto Club NHRA Finals as she heads back to her home track to close out the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
“We are heading into Pomona for the last race of the season, it’s the Auto Club Finals and this is where we locked in the championship last year. We made some history here last year and this is a big race for us,” Force said.
It was just one year ago that Force piloted her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to a three-hat weekend. Force earned a green hat when she secured the No. 1 qualifying position, then during eliminations, she became the first woman in 35 years and only the second in NHRA history to wear the white hat for the Top Fuel championship and, just to top it all off, went on to win the race and earn a yellow hat. She ended 2017 with four wins and a strong performance through the Countdown to the Championship.
POMONA, CA — It’s already been a career best season for Courtney Force, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car, with four event wins and 11 No. 1 qualifiers, not to mention leading the Funny Car points for 12 consecutive races. However, the team, headed by co-crew chiefs Dan Hood and Brian Corradi, is looking to end the season on a high note with a win on the last day of the 2018 season at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
“I love being at this track. Our Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car has run really well here. It is fun to be racing in front of the home track fans with a lot of family here too. We started the season here on a rough note,” Force said, referencing her father, John Force’s first explosion of the season and her sister, Brittany Force’s, intense crash, “But I am looking forward to putting that behind us and closing out the season on a high note. My team has had an incredible season we are looking to wrap up the season with one more win.”
While the championship title may be a stretch for the 12-time race winner, picking up a Wally at the Auto Club NHRA finals this weekend could land Force in the top-three. Force, currently sixth in the standings, raced to the final in the finale of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in her rookie season.
POMONA, CA — Although he now knows he can’t win a record 17th NHRA Funny Car title, at least not this season, John Force has embraced his new role as master of mayhem in a championship drama that will conclude Sunday with the 54th renewal of the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway.
With absolutely no reason to race conservatively, Force looms as a first round nightmare for anyone still in contention for the $500,000 Mello Yello bonus.
“My job now is to take out as many as I can and help Robert get the championship for John Force Racing, Auto Club, PEAK, Advance Auto, Chevrolet and the rest of our sponsors,” said the 149-time tour winner, referring to teammate, protégé and reigning series champion Robert Hight, who enters this week’s race in second place.
At the wheel of a PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS that didn’t hit its stride until past mid-season, Force already has had a playoff impact with first round wins over former champions Matt Hagan, Ron Capps and Jack Beckman that effectively took all three out of the title chase.