John Force Racing
JOHN FORCE AND PEAK / BLUEDEF CONTINUE TO BUILD TOWARDS VICTORY ENTERING NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS AT ZMAX DRAGWAY
CONCORD, NC – It’s been a steady climb to start the season for 16-time world champion John Force and his PEAK / BlueDEF PALTINUM Chevrolet Camaro SS team. Entering the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the fourth event on the Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule, Force is fourth in points, just two out from the top three, and poised for his first victory of the 2021 season.
Opening the season at the Gatornationals, Force was qualified in the fifth position and raced his way to the quarterfinals where teammate Robert Hight would end his weekend. At the first four-wide event of 2021 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Force would qualify No. 2 only behind Hight. At the final NHRA Southern Nationals to be held at Atlanta Dragway, Force and his PEAK / BlueDEF team would make their 257th final round appearance. After qualifying only 11th, Force would battle his way past Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps and J.R. Todd before finishing runner-up to Bob Tasca III in his 15th final round appearance at the facility.
“I’m proud of this team, of Daniel Hood and Tim Fabrisi. They’ve really got this PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy figured out,” Force said. “Because they have it figured out, now I have to do my job. I’ve got to keep working to stay in this game, keep improving. We all keep doing our jobs right we’re going to be looking pretty good the rest of the season, starting in Charlotte and zMAX Dragway, another beautiful Bruton Smith facility.”
CONCORD, NC – Heading to North Carolina and zMAX Dragway for the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals May 14-16 couldn’t come at a better time for Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team. If there was ever a track for Hight and Auto Club to overtake the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, it would be zMAX Dragway.
Hight, who has raced his entire 17-year career with Auto Club, has won more races at zMAX Dragway than any other pro driver, regardless of category, with two wins in the four-wide format (2012, 2014) and four at the fall race (2009, 2013, 2017, 2019). The six wins are the most he has at any track. Hight has also earned the No. 1 qualifying position three times (2010, 2012, 2019) all in the four-wide format.
“We’re going to Charlotte with the mindset that we are the team to beat. I’ve had a lot of success at this track and I’m hoping that continues,” Hight said. “This Auto Club team, Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham, we’re proven we are going to be dangerous this year. We had some setbacks, some bad luck, but even still we have been competitive. I think the performance we have shown this season, in just three races, is a pretty good indication of what’s to come.”
BRITTANY FORCE AND FLAV-R-PAC READY TO CAPITALIZE ON CONSISTENCY AT ZMAX DRAGWAY FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS
CONCORD, NC – There has been no doubt that Brittany Force and her Flav-R-Pac team have emerged dominant after a year’s long absence from the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Since pre-season testing, the 2017 championship team have yet to let up, continually improving their performance and most recently making a jump in points to enter the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway May 14-16 sitting fifth in the standings, just six points out of the top four.
Led by crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage, Force and her team opened the season at the Gatornationals earning top speed of the event in the first round of eliminations at 331.94 mph. At the Vegas Four-Wide Nationals, Force tallied the 21st No. 1 qualifying position of her career and ended the weekend with the top speed and low elapsed time when she ran 3.722-seconds at 330.80 mph to open eliminations. At the most recent event at Atlanta Dragway, the NHRA Southern Nationals, Force qualified No. 5 and laced together three solid runs for a semifinal finish.
“We’re coming off three races and I feel like this Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team is off to a good start. But we need to step up our game,” Force said. “We’re looking for more if we want to win a championship. At the final race in Atlanta we were No. 5, went to the semis and made a big jump from 10th to fifth in points, which was good, but, again, we want more.”
COMMERCE, GA – John Force and his PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car made their 257th final round appearance at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, the final NHRA Camping World Series event to be held at Atlanta Dragway. Brittany Force and her Monster Energy dragster made their way to the semifinals and Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro had a first round exit on Sunday.
Coming into race day in the No. 11 position, Force faced off with Cruz Pedregon in the first round. For the 74th time Force would defeat Pedregon with a 4.049-second pass at 319.14 mph to Pedregon’s 4.126 at 306.53. In the second round, it was Ron Capps in the lane next to Force. Both would make a solid pass for an exciting side-by-side duel. Force would be the victor with a 4.028-secoond run at 315.19 mph that took out Capps’ 4.042 at 313.44.
The win would match Force against J.R. Todd in the semifinals. The PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Camaro continued its dominance racing to a 3.984-second pass at 325.22 mph to defeat Todd’s 4.038 at 318.54 and send Force to the final at Atlanta Dragway for the first time since his daughter Ashley Force-Hood defeated him for her first win, and the first Funny Car win for a female, in 2008.
COMMERCE, GA – During qualifying for the final NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway, the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, Brittany Force and the Monster Energy team were efficient with their two runs to earn the No. 5 spot heading into race day. John Force and the PEAK / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro team ended the day No. 11 and Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro are No. 12.
In the first qualifying session, Brittany Force and her Monster Energy team smoked the tires to run only 4.657-seconds at 163.39 mph. They landed in the No. 5 spot after all but one dragster failed to make a full pass. In their second qualifying try, Force and her Monster team improved drastically to run a solid 3.856-second pass at 314.90 mph. While the performance was better, the rest of the Top Fuel field improved as well to keep Force in the No. 5 spot.
“Only two runs and in No. 5, that’s something we’re happy about,” said Force who will race Doug Foley in the first round of eliminations, her 52nd different opponent. “This Monster Energy team, we had a little bit of a different approach going in to today. It’s tough going into race day with just those two qualifying chances. But we are in the top five and we are happy with that. It’s the last race here in Atlanta so we need to get the job done.”
COMMERCE, GA – Brittany Force and her Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac Top Fuel dragster team have come out swinging to open the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing season. Heading into the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, the final event at Atlanta Dragway, April 30-May 2, they’ll look to continue to do the same this time ending the weekend with a victory.
Force and her David Grubnic and Mac Savage led team opened the season at the Gatornationals with a consistent race car snagging top speed of the event in the first round of eliminations at 331.94 mph. At the Vegas Four-Wide Nationals, Force tallied the 21st No. 1 qualifying position of her career and ended the weekend with the top speed and lowest elapsed time when she ran 3.722-seconds at 330.80 mph to open eliminations.
“Overall, we’ve started the season running well. We looked good in testing and at the Gatornationals and qualified No. 1 in Vegas,” Force said. “We did some testing on Monday and the team, David Grubnic and Mac Savage, they’re feeling good. Worked out some things so we’re looking forward to Atlanta next.”
COMMERCE, GA – Sitting third in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series points standings, three-time world champion Robert Hight and his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro have quickly shown they have what it takes to be the Funny Car to beat. This weekend, at the final running of the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Hight and the Auto Club boys will once again flex their muscle as they chase their first win of the season.
In just two events Hight has recorded a runner-up finish, a No. 1 qualifier and had low elapsed time (ET) of an event. At the Gatornationals, Hight raced his way to the final round and at the Vegas Four-Wide Nationals he was quickest each of the qualifying rounds and bettered himself with low ET of the event during the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
“This Auto Club car has what it takes. We’ve been working out some gremlins, did some testing Monday after the Vegas race,” Hight said. “Vegas went really well for us, we looked great through qualifying and that first round. We ran into some trouble at the end of that low ET run and these guys, myself included, had to put in the work for the next round and it just wasn’t quite enough.”