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John Force

16-time Funny Car Champion John Force is the winningest driver (155 wins) and holder of more all-time records than any driver in NHRA history. Force leads an organization that has won 21 NHRA World Championships.

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NORWALK HIGHLIGHTS

John Force Racing had a great weekend in Norwalk, Ohio at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, where Robert Hight and his AAA Ohio Chevrolet Camaro SS team took the points lead with their 4th win of the season.

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BRITTANY FORCE AND MONSTER ENERGY CAPTURE TOP SPOT SATURDAY IN OHIO

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25, 2022) – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac Top Fuel dragster rallied to their third No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. John Force had four solid qualifying runs landing…

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BRITTANY FORCE AND MONSTER ENERGY SET TRACK RECORDS FRIDAY IN OHIO

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2022) – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Chevrolet dragster team rocketed to the top of the Top Fuel qualifying ladder setting both ends of the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park track record on Friday night of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. John Force and…

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Personal Bio

  • DATE OF BIRTH: May 4, 1949
  • HOMETOWN: Yorba Linda, CA
  • CAREER FC WINS: 155
  • CAREER FC No. 1 QUALIFIERS: 164
  • CAREER BEST ELAPSE TIME: 3.832 seconds
  • CAREER BEST SPEED: 337.3 mph
  • AWARDS: 2013, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1990 NHRA Funny Car Champion; 1996 Driver of the Year

Although John Force now owns one of the most successful teams in any form of motor racing, one responsible for 21 series championships and 280 NHRA tour victories, Force struggled early-on, both financially and professionally, racing in a belief shared by virtually no one else that one day he could become champion.

In fact, Force was winless in his first 10 seasons on the NHRA tour. Not only that, he came up second best the first nine times he took a Funny Car to a final round before finally breaking through on June 28, 1987 when he and a team led by crew chief Austin Coil beat Ed “the Ace” McCulloch to win the Grandnational at Montreal, Canada. Force was 38 years old.

Partnered with Coil, Force began to build what would become an American sports dynasty. Ultimately, Force would win two outright championships with Coil (1990-91) and 12 more with Coil and Bernie Fedderly, who came on board as co-crew chief in 1992.

With Mike Neff making the mechanical decisions in 2010, he won his first title in the NHRA’s Countdown Era and, three years later, he won again with Jimmy Prock assessing the performance data.

Moreover, he’s won NHRA tour events with Dean Antonelli, Jon Schaffer and the crew chief tandem of Brian Corradi and Dan Hood.

Force has been the lone constant, along the way starring in his own TV show (“Driving Force” which aired on A&E Network in 2006 and 2007); becoming the first drag racer to earn Driver of the Year recognition for all American motor racing (1996); being voted No. 2 racer behind only Don Garlits in the NHRA’s first 50 years; and being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America now housed in Daytona Beach, Fla. (2008), the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame in Fort Worth (2011), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala., (2012), the California Sports Hall of Fame in Alta Loma (2017) and most recently the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2019).

In 2005, he traveled to London, England, to accept the John Bolster Award for lifetime achievement, and in 2008 he was presented the MSEC Motorsports Achievement Award by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) for his work in improving race car safety following the death of Eric Medlen, the first driver developed through JFR’s Next Generation initiative.

Now, Force is bidding to extend to 37 his record number of Top 10 finishes and to 35 the record number of different seasons in which he has hoisted at least one of the NHRA’s distinctive “Wally” trophies.

He enters the campaign after earning five final round appearances with three wins that included sharing the winners circle with daughter Brittany in Topeka at Heartland Motorsports Park for the first time in history. In addition, Force had three No. 1 qualifying positions. Once more, he’ll be trying to improve on the perfection of a career in which he has won more races, appeared in more finals, been the No. 1 qualifier more often and won more racing rounds than anyone else in history.

 

Car Specs

John Force - PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car

Exterior:

Wheelbase: 125 inches
Weight with driver: 2585 pounds
Chassis: Force American Made
Tires: Goodyear Front:
23.0 × 5.0 – 15
Goodyear Rear:
36.0 × 17.5 – 16

Engine:

Engine Size: 500 cubic inch
Bore and Stroke: 4.187, 4.500
Horsepower: 10,000+
Maximum RPM: 9,000
Fuel Type: 90% Sunoco Nitromethane
Supercharger: 1471
Fuel Capacity: 18 gallons
Oil System: Dry Sump

Click the 8 parts of the racecar below to learn more about this machine!

Wheelie Bar

The wheelie bar is used to prevent excessive front-wheel lift.

Roll Cage

A roll cage is a specifically engineered and constructed frame built to protect the driver.

Body

Our 2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS funny car body is made of carbon fiber with a titanium structure.

Blower Belt

The crankshaft drives the supercharger with the blower belt and it’s what connects the supercharger to the engine. We use Gates Belts.

Rear Spoiler

The rear spoiler is mounted onto the body and is made of carbon fiber and capable of applying 5,000 pounds of downforce to the rear tires.

Hand Shield

The hand shield is made of titanium and bolted on the car after the driver is seat belted in. It deflects flames and debris away from the driver in the event of a fire or explosion.

Injector

The scoop sits on top of the blower that feeds air and fuel into the supercharger. It’s what the throttle pedal is connected to.

Paint and Decal

Here at John Force Racing we produce all of our graphics and paint schemes in house and have a full graphics department, format printer and multiple paint booths.

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Team

Daniel Hood

Hometown: Lisle, IL

Daniel grew up racing with his dad....

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Tim Fabrisi

Hometown: Naugatuck, CT

Tim proudly served as a SGT in...

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Brandon Hazelton

Hometown: Elmer, NJ

Brandon has been working for John Force...

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Jay Carter

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Jay has been involved in racing since...

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Trace Coe

Hometown: Mineral Wells, TX

At age 15, Trace built and...

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Mark Freidenfelt

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Mark started working for JFR on Courtney...

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Chris Kelley

Hometown: Galesburg, IL

Chris grew up around this sport, helping...

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Sterling Van Dusen

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Sterling has been involved in drag...

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Cody Yeager

Hometown: Lakewood, CO

He grew up racing with his family...

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