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Robert Hight

A three-time Funny Car world champion, Robert Hight worked his way up the organization from crewman to world champion. Hight is the current national record holder for speed and elapsed time.

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Video highlights from the NHRA Virginia Nationals, where Robert Hight and Brittany Force doubled up for their first wins at Virginia Motorsports Park.

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ROBERT HIGHT AND BRITTANY FORCE SWEEP NITRO CATEGORIES AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 15, 2022) – For the third time in their careers, Brittany Force with her Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy dragster and Robert Hight in his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS have doubled-up for John Force Racing Sunday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports…

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JFR DRAGSTERS QUALIFY TOP TWO AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS; BRITTANY FORCE EARNS SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON

DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 14, 2022) – It was a battle between the John Force Racing Top Fuel dragsters on day two of the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team would prevail setting the track record ET for their second No.…

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Personal Bio

  • DATE OF BIRTH: August 20, 1969
  • HOMETOWN: Yorba Linda, CA
  • CAREER FC WINS: 54
  • CAREER FC No. 1 QUALIFIERS: 71
  • CAREER BEST ELAPSE TIME: 3.793 seconds
  • CAREER BEST SPEED: 339.87 mph
  • AWARDS: 2019, 2017, 2009 NHRA Funny Car Champion; 2006 Auto Club Road to the Future Award (NHRA Rookie of the Year)

Growing up, Robert Hight had always had an aptitude for mechanics. When he was 16, he restored a Plymouth Belvedere that would serve as his transportation to Sacramento where he earned degrees in business and accounting while moonlighting at Tognotti’s Speed Shop. After college, Hight got a job working on a Top Fuel dragster driven by Del Worsham which led to an opportunity at John Force Racing. After reluctantly passing on the job, Hight got a second shot in 1995 and, this time, didn’t let it get away. He took over as clutch technician on John Force’s Funny Car and celebrated in the winners’ circle his first weekend on the job. Force would go on to win the championship that year, the first of eight with Hight as his clutch tech. In 2004 Hight attended Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and subsequently became JFR’s test driver.

In 2005, Hight climbed into the cockpit of the Auto Club Funny Car and since then has become one of the sports’ most accomplished drivers. A winner in just his fourth professional race (the 2005 NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston, Texas), Hight has won at least once in every one of his 15 full pro seasons, has never finished outside the Top 10 and has never failed to start at least one race from the No. 1 qualifying position.

Much of his success can be traced back to his pairing with crew chief Jimmy Prock. Hight began his career with Prock back in 2005 when he won the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award as the NHRA Rookie of the Year. The two won a championship together in 2009 and, after a brief separation, were re-united during the 2017 season.

Hight not only won the 2017 championship, sharing the podium with JFR teammate Brittany Force, who won the Top Fuel title, he also set national records at 3.793 seconds and 339.87 miles per hour, the latter not only the fastest speed in Funny Car history but the fastest in the history of the entire sport.

In the 2019 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, the Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS team dominated the Funny Car class in what ended in a career-best season. Continuing to be led by crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham, Hight and the Auto Club Chevy team commanded the points lead through 18 consecutive events, secured the regular season championship, powered to six wins and collected eight No. 1 qualifiers. At the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Hight ended the season on a high note, just as he started it, and took home the ultimate prize, the 2019 Funny Car world championship title.

After sitting out the 2020 season, Hight and the Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS team ended their 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series campaign in eighth adding two wins and two No. 1 qualifying positions to the three-time world champion’s resume.

 

 

 

Car Specs

Robert Hight - Auto Club of Southern California 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!

Front Tires

Our race cars stage with the front tires and as you stage, the timer doesn’t start until the rear of the tire exits the beam. Our 23 inch Goodyear tire is mounted on a Weld wheel.

Magnetos

Our two 44 amp MSD magnetos provide the ignition to two spark plugs per cylinder.

Seat Belts

Drivers musts be secured in the cockpit with a five-point restraint systems using belts with fire-resistant material and arm restraints. We use Simpson seat belts.

Parachutes

Drivers deploy their two parachutes at the end of the run to help slow down the car. These 10,000 horsepower race cars hit speeds of over 330 miles per hour so the parachute is an important safety component.

Chassis

Made of chromoly tubing, we use a slip tube front end so that the joints are slipped to allow for some flexing. We put about 100 runs on a front half and then it wears out and gets a new front half. It has a 125 inch wheel base and is made in-house at JFR FAM. The chassis is what holds the engine to the read end.

Roof Hatch

The carbon fiber escape hatch is where the driver exits the car when the body is down.

Parts

Force American Made (FAM), our production and machine shop based in Indiana, is where we manufacture high quality and high tolerance parts for our race cars.

Fuel Tank

Our fuel take holds the nitromethane, has an 18 gallon capacity and we usually burn about 16 gallons on a run.

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Bobby Lane Jr.

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Tyler Nelson

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Michael Riggs

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