COURTNEY FORCE BACK IN THE FIGHT
ST LOUIS (September 23, 2014) --- Driver Courtney Force and her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car team have a new wave of confidence approaching the third race in the 2014 Countdown to the Championship, the 3rd annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 26-28 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The team redeemed themselves last weekend at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. After making a first round exit in Charlotte during the Countdown kick-off race, the third-year driver entered the second Countdown to the Championship race in seventh and moved up three positions throughout the weekend to take over the No. 4 spot.
“After a first round loss in Charlotte, the first race in the countdown to the championship, we needed that comeback in Dallas when we got the win and earned some points back to keep our head in the game. Our motivation is back up after our win and we feel like now we can still have a shot at this Championship. We needed that win this weekend to stay in the fight and need to continue to go some rounds if we want to stay ahead of the rest and in order to catch up with the points leader, my dad,” said Force.
Force set the track record on both ends for elapsed time and speed with her 4.039 second run at 314.90 mph. She has now posted top speed at nine races this season including Dallas. Throughout the weekend she picked up qualifying bonus points, became No. 1 qualifier for the fourth time this season and the seventh time in her career, and scored her third win of the season in her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car.
“We left Dallas on a high note after picking up our third win of the season and we can't wait to roll our cars into St Louis this weekend. Our Traxxas team plans to keep our momentum going this weekend and hope to continue our climb in the points,” said Force.
The 26-year-old is currently the winningest woman driver in Funny Car history with six tour victories. She shares with Alexis DeJoria the record for most Funny Car wins in a season by a woman driver with three.
Force won the 100th pro race by a woman driver when she prevailed in the Kansas Nationals at Topeka, Kansas on May 25 this year. She also owns the fastest Funny Car speed in the history of 1000 foot drag racing at 325.37 miles per hour (last March at Las Vegas). She has qualified No. 1 four times this year and has won all three of her 2014 titles from the No. 1 spot. Her sister, Ashley, qualified No. 1 15 times in her career but never won from No. 1.
“It's cool to think that we've been able to win every race this season from the #1 spot being that most people think it's a curse. I feel like starting No. 1 gives our team that extra boost of confidence we need going into race day and I hope we can get after it again in St Louis. We need start the weekend strong and keep our focus starting with Q1,” said Force.
MAXIMUM EFFORT FOR FORCE AT MIDWEST NATIONALS
ST LOUIS (September 23, 2014) --- As the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello drag season begins to wind down, the 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion is still going full throttle despite the fact he has a solid points lead heading into the third race of the Countdown. He knows one’s position in the Countdown is moving target and one minor mistake can set him back and potentially take him out of contention. As the Castrol GTX High Mileage team rolls into Gateway Motorsports Park for this weekend’s 3rd annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, John Force will again be focused on getting win number 142.
Force will also be sure to not get into a situation that could upset his routine. It’s his consistent race day routine that has made him the winningest driver in NHRA history. However, during the final round of the postponed NHRA Carolina Nationals that was being contested at last Saturday during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, the seasoned veteran sidestepped the clutch too early and had an uncharacteristic red light in the finals against rival Matt Hagan. It was the second time this season John’s red lighted during eliminations.
“I got all jacked when they ran the Charlotte finals in Dallas last weekend. I broke from my routine and I got all screwed up and red lighted again Hagan. I knew better and I let my team and sponsors down as my hot rod ran quicker and faster than his. We should’ve won that race and it was all my fault, I was so embarrassed,” said John Force.
With the intensity and passion John exhibits, he has no problem putting last weekend’s performance results behind him. Despite going out in the quarterfinal during Sunday’s eliminations at the Texas Motorplex; the reigning NHRA Funny Car is raring to climb back into his 8000-horsepower Mustang and attack the third race of the Countdown. However, John will be directing some of his focus and energy to his daughter, Brittany Force, and her Castrol EDGE Top Fuel Dragster as she failed to make the field last weekend in Dallas.
“Brittany’s struggling a bit but I have great brain trust with guys like Jimmy Prock, John Medlen, Mike Neff, Ron Douglas, Dean Antonelli and Todd Smith, and everyone’s going to help out and pull together this weekend. We’re going get the Castrol EDGE Dragster to qualify better and go rounds,” said John Force.
With Force’s a runner-up early this month at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, his 10th final round appearance this season that includes three wins (NHRA Winternationals, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, NHRA Northwest Nationals), John Force is leading the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown chase with 2258 points over teammate Robert Hight who’s not too far behind in second place with 2213 points. John Force wants nothing more than to win 17th NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship and with his drive and attitude, he could ultimately rewrite the NHRA history books one again.
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HIGHT EYES WIN AT AAA INSURANCE MIDWEST NATIONALS IN ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS (September 23, 2014) ---- Robert Hight was won more Funny Car races this season than any of his fellow competitors on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The AAA Insurance backed team is looking to add to that win total this weekend at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. In the last