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JOHN FORCE ADVANCES TO FINAL ROUND IN CHICAGO

Marks the second time he’s reached a final round this season, previously having won the Winternationals

JOLIET, IL – John Force advanced to Sunday’s final round of the Route 66 Nationals presented by PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant, but couldn’t hold off Matt Hagan in the Funny Car class at Route 66 Raceway.

Force, who turned 75 years old two weeks ago, was appearing in the record 268th final round of his lengthy racing career. He has won 156 times, most recently earlier this year in the Winternationals.

“Yeah, it was disappointing,” Force said. “There was a lot to win, there always is. But you can’t win them all. Hagan’s a great racer, they do their job, we were in the hunt. We dropped some cylinders and it was over.”

Piloting the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, Force (4.042 seconds/317.49 mph) defeated Buddy Hull in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations, the 150th Funny Car driver Force has faced in his career. Continue reading

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PROCK IS NO. 1 FUNNY CAR QUALIFIER FOR 4TH TIME IN SEASON’S FIRST 6 RACES

John Force qualifies fourth in key race for primary sponsor PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant

JOLIET, IL – Funny Car driver Austin Prock held on to his provisional No. 1 qualifier spot in Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions, and will be the man to beat in Sunday’s eliminations of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals Presented by PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant at Route 66 Raceway.

Prock, who continues to lead the Funny Car point standings, laid down his best qualifying attempt during Friday’s two rounds with run of 3.907 seconds at 332.45 mph.

His first run Saturday in the Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car was 4.49 seconds at 196.07 mph, while his second run was 3.976 seconds at 322.88 mph, but Friday’s best run held up to keep Prock at the top of the heap.

“We just got to keep doing that because you know it definitely adds up,” Prock said. “I’ve been talking about it’s going to be a longshot but we want to try and race our way into that All-Star shootout. That would be pretty spectacular.”

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ALEX TAYLOR ‘PEAKS’ HER CURIOSITY BY STARTING JOHN FORCE’S 11,000-HORSEPOWER FUNNY CAR

The drag racer, automotive influencer and social media maven has an ‘incredible’ experience

JOLIET, IL – Whenever a race car driver gets an opportunity to hop into a different style of vehicle, he or she typically becomes like a kid in a candy store.

It’s an all-new experience, one filled with excitement and anticipation, but also admittedly a bit of concern that they will do everything right the first time behind the new wheel.

Alex Taylor, co-host of the MotorTrend TV show “Hot Rod Garage”, enjoyed that type of experience Friday in the first day of the Route 66 Nationals Presented By PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant at Route 66 Raceway in suburban Chicago.

Although Taylor is already well-known for her drag racing exploits – including piloting her prized 1968 Camaro and 1955 Chevy 210 – as well as her popularity as an automotive influencer and social media maven, she checked off a BIG item on her bucket list Friday, sitting in and warming up the Funny Car of 16-time NHRA champion John Force. Continue reading

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AUSTIN PROCK TAKES NO. 1 PROVISIONAL FUNNY CAR SPOT IN CHICAGO; JOHN FORCE IS NO. 4

Prock seeking his fourth No. 1 qualifier in the season’s first six races

JOLIET, IL – Austin Prock continued his superiority in qualifying this season, capturing the Funny Car provisional pole Friday at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals Presented by PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant at Route 66 Raceway in suburban Chicago.

The John Force Racing driver earned No. 1 qualifying honors in three of the first five races of 2024. As the NHRA moves into the second quarter of the 20-race national event (race No. 6 is this weekend), Prock’s second qualifying run Friday of 3.907 seconds at 332.43 mph was both the quickest and fastest of all 18 Funny Car entries in the field (only 16 will qualify for Sunday’s final eliminations).

Prock’s second run was better than his first run of 3.945 seconds at 326.24 mph.

Prock, who has held the Funny Car points standings lead following the last three races in his Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS, and the rest of the field have two more rounds of qualifying on Saturday. Continue reading

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JOHN FORCE RACING AIMS FOR THE PEAK IN CHICAGO

John and Brittany Force, plus Austin Prock, eager to start second quarter of NHRA season

JOLIET, IL – With five races already in the record books, John Force Racing moves into the second quarter of the 20-race 2024 NHRA season at this weekend’s Route 66 Nationals presented by PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant at Route 66 Raceway in suburban Chicago.

This is an especially big weekend for JFR, as PEAK is not only the presenting sponsor of the event, it has also been the primary sponsor of John Force’s Funny Car since 2015, and will also be the primary sponsor for this race on Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster.

The sponsorship of the father-daughter team sets up a possibility of a “double up” end result: having both PEAK cars in the winner’s circle after Sunday’s eliminations (or perhaps a “double up” between Brittany and teammate Austin Prock in the Cornwell Tools Funny Car). Continue reading

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PEAK ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT ADDS 2-TIME NHRA TOP FUEL CHAMP BRITTANY FORCE IN MAY 17-19 ‘HOMETOWN RACE

PEAK has been primary sponsor of John Force’s Funny Car since 2015 and hopes for a father-daughter “double up” in the winner’s circle

NORTHBROOK, IL – In addition to once again serving as presenting sponsor for the May 17-19 NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL., PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant announced today that it will be the primary sponsor for two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force’s dragster in the pivotal race.

Old World Industries and its PEAK and BlueDEF brands have been the primary sponsor of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force for the past decade. PEAK is excited to also partner with John’s daughter, Brittany, in what OWI proudly calls its “hometown race” on the 20-race NHRA national event schedule.

“I’m very proud to carry the PEAK colors next weekend in Chicago,” said Brittany Force, whose PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant dragster will match her father’s Funny Car. “When I see PEAK, I see my dad, John Force, 16-time champion. And now to be connected with him through PEAK is something very unique, something very special. I actually ran a PEAK car back in 2018, so I’m excited to bring it back on board again in 2024.” Continue reading

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Austin Prock living up to his ‘Prock Rocket’ nickname in first season in Funny Car 

Points leader is driving with the savvy of a veteran Funny Car driver, with one win, two runners-up and three No. 1 qualifiers in first 5 races

Austin Prock has been one of the most pleasant surprises thus far in the 2024 NHRA season.

Yorba Linda, CA – After four seasons of driving a Top Fuel dragster for John Force Racing, including compiling four wins and eight final round appearances, Prock was shifted by team owner John Force to pilot the Cornwell Tools/AAA Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car for this season.

Prock has long aspired to drive a Funny Car and the situation couldn’t be better for the Grand Rapids, Mich. native. His crew chief and assistant crew chief are his father Jimmy and brother Thomas, respectively, and the nicknamed “Prock Rocket” has been nothing short of outstanding behind the wheel.

Through the first five races of the 20-race NHRA season, the 28-year-old Prock:

*  Won his first-ever start in a Funny Car, capturing a preseason exhibition event in Bradenton, Fla.

* Reached the final round of his first NHRA event piloting a Funny Car in the season-opening race at Gainesville, Florida. Continue reading

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TOUGH FINAL ROUND PUTS DAMPER ON WEEKEND FOR JOHN FORCE IN CHARLOTTE NHRA 4-WIDE NATIONALS

Force was seeking second win of season and fourth win of his career in the Charlotte 4-Wide event

CONCORD, NC – Hopes of a perfect weekend for John Force fell short in the final round of Sunday’s NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

One week before his 75th birthday, the ageless wonder recorded the quickest elapsed time of his career (3.820 seconds), which was also the 10th-quickest time in NHRA Funny Car history, during Friday night’s second round of qualifying. He then came back with two outstanding final qualifying runs on Saturday.

Force motored through Sunday’s first two rounds of quad eliminations, but a tough start at the starting line in the final round kept the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion from winning for the second time this season.

“It was a good week, it was good to take the track record,” Force said. “We were able to go rounds, but I couldn’t close it at the end.” Continue reading

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NO. 1 QUALIFIER JOHN FORCE EYES RECORD FOURTH CAREER WIN IN NHRA 4-WIDE EVENT IN CHARLOTTE

After setting a career-best elapsed time mark on Friday, Force is also looking for his second win of 2024

CONCORD, NC – John Force will look to increase his own record of wins in the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway from three to four in Sunday’s finals.

Force, who turns 75 one week from now on May 4, earned the No. 1 provisional qualifying position during Friday night’s second round, doing so in a career-best elapsed time of 3.820 seconds at 330.96 mph.

He’s looking to extend his superiority in the Charlotte 4-Wide event, which he previously won in 2000, 2004 and 2006.

The driver of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car held on to the No. 1 spot during Saturday’s two final rounds of qualifying. He covered the track in 4.840 seconds/159.38 mph in the first run of the day, followed by a stout second run of 3.856 seconds/334.07 mph. Continue reading

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JOHN FORCE RACING FEATURED IN TWO OF DRAG RACING’S LEADING PUBLICATIONS

John Force, Austin Prock early season performances highlighted in National Dragster and Drag Illustrated

Concord, NC – John Force Racing is the featured subject of major stories in the current editions of two of drag racing’s leading publications. In the April 2024 issue of National Dragster, team owner John Force and fellow Funny Car driver and JFR teammate Austin Prock are featured on the cover of the official NHRA publication.

The lead art is a photo of Prock’s Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car waiting to take off from the starting line. There’s also another photo of Force and Prock celebrating the back-to-back wins that weekend of Force (for winning the rescheduled/relocated final round of the Winternationals) and Prock.

For Force, driver of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, it was the 156th win of his legendary career, while Prock earned his first Funny Car “Wally” (and fifth career NHRA win). Continue reading

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