NHRA Driver
John Force
Force
  • Date of birth:
    May 04, 1949
  • Hometown:
    Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
  • Crew Chief:
    Jimmy Prock
  • Career Wins: 141
    FC: 141
  • Career Final Rounds: 237
    FC: 237
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.965
  • Career Best Speed:
    324.12
Career Highlights
  • 2013: Won his 16th Funny Car world championship title, an NHRA record; Clinched championship title at Las Vegas 2; At 64, became the oldest world champ in NHRA history; Was nearly perfect in the Countdown playoffs, advancing to the final round in the last five races, winning three Won four times in nine final round appearances; Earned a category-best six No. 1 qualifying positions; Win at Bristol on Father’s Day snapped a 31-race winless drought; Clocked personal bests for time and speed at Reading, including his first-ever three-second run
  • 2012: Won the season opening event in Pomona over teammate Mike Neff; raced to the win in the inaugural win and collected $100,000 in the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout; fin Funny Car; finished in the top 10 in the Funny Car point standings
  • 2011: Raced to a win at Denver; posted five No. 1 qualifiers; finished in the top 10 in the
    Funny Car points standings; posted a career best for time and speed
  • 2010: Won his 15th NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series Funny Car world championship, the most of any other driver in NHRA history; Posted a category-high six wins in 11 final round appearances; Raced to two wins in four final round appearances in the Countdown to the Championship
  • 2009: First winless campaign since 1986; As team owner, guided all four of his drivers to the playoffs (John Force, Ashley Force, Robert Hight, Mike Neff)
  • 2008: Earned his fi rst win since the season-ending crash in Dallas in 2007 that left him with multiple serious injuries; As team owner, guided all four of his drivers to the playoffs (John Force, Ashley Force Hood, Robert Hight, Mike Neff; Extended streak of seasons with at least one win to 22
  • 2007: Sustained serious injuries from accident in Dallas that sidelined him for the rest of the year; Despite early exit still finished seventh in points
  • 2006: Had three wins, including the season-ending Auto Club Finals, to increase his NHRA record for wins to 122; Led the Funny Car point standings for just five events, but took over the lead for good after Reading en route to his NHRA-record 14th POWERade world championship; Won his sixth career Skoal Showdown and first since 2000; Qualified for all 23 events, upping his streak to 392 consecutive events at which he’s qualified, dating back to Pomona 2 in 1987; Earned his 131st career No. 1 qualifier with quickest qualifying E.T. at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals; Collected his 967th round win, pulling him within 33 of 1,000
  • 2005: Led his category with five wins to increase his NHRA record for wins to 119; Led the Funny Car point standings for more than a third of the season (eight of 23 events), including with just two events remaining; Finished third, 32 points behind Gary Scelzi and 24 points behind Ron Capps, in the tightest Funny Car points race in NHRA history; Qualified for all 23 events, upping his streak to 369 consecutive events at which he’s qualified, dating back to 1987 Pomona 2; Earned his 125th career No. 1 qualifier with quickest qualifying E.T. at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals; Collected his 926th round win, pulling him within 74 of 1,000
  • 2004: Clinched an unprecedented 13th career NHRA POWERade Funny Car world championship at Las Vegas 2; His five victories on the season upped his NHRA-record career total to 114 and gave him at least one victory for 18 consecutive seasons and 16 consecutive seasons finishing in the top three of the POWERade point standings; Established the national record for time (4.665 seconds) and speed (333.58 mph) at Chicago 2 event; Led his category in final round appearances (12), No. 1 qualifying positions (seven), low E.T. of the event (five) and top speed of the event (six); Had a .746 winning percentage in elimination rounds with a with a 53-18 win-loss record; Force and daughter Ashley (Top Alcohol Dragster) won Pomona 2, making them the first-ever father-daughter duo to win at a national event; Including Force, the three Ford Mustangs which comprise Force Racing finished first, fourth (Gary Densham) and fifth (Eric Medlen); His national record for speed was faster than the Top Fuel national record heading into the 2005 season; Qualified for all 23 events, upping his record streak to 346 consecutive events at which he has qualified, dating back to 1987 Pomona 2.
  • 2003: Won an NHRA national event for the 17th consecutive season; established the record for consecutive national event qualifying streaks (304, Las Vegas 1) and has qualified for 323 consecutive events, dating back to 1987 Pomona 2; qualified No. 1 five times; one of four Funny Car drivers to qualify for all 23 events; established national record for E.T.; recorded career-best performance numbers; his three Ford Mustangs won a combined 13 of 23 national events and finished No. 1, No. 3, and No. 5 in the final Funny Car standings
  • 2002: Won a record 10th consecutive Funny Car championship, 12th overall; Earned his 100th career victory (Houston), and is second only to Richard Petty for wins in all major motorsports; Earned six No. 1 qualifying positions; Led the Funny Car category in victories (eight) and final round appearances (10); Force Racing's three cars won 16 of 23 events
  • 2001: Claimed 11th Funny Car championship; Lowered NHRA elapsed-time record to 4.731 (Reading); Qualified No. 1 six times; Earned six victories; Went to the final round a category-high 13 times
  • 2000: Earned 10th NHRA Funny Car championship; Broke Bob Glidden’s career victory record when he won his 86th event (Chicago); Earned double-digit victories (11) for the fifth time in his career; Won the Funny Car bonus event for the fifth time; Earned more votes than any other driver named to the Auto Racing All-America Team by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association for the third time
  • 1999: Won six times in the first eight races en route to ninth NHRA Funny Car championship; Set NHRA records for time (4.788 seconds) and speed (324.05 mph); Won the $200,000 top prize in the first NHRA Showdown which pitted Funny Cars against Top Fuel dragsters at Bristol Dragway
  • 1998: Won fewer races than both Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon, but still managed to claim his eighth championship; Became the first Funny Car driver to hold fastest speed (323.89 mph) in NHRA history; Became first Funny Car driver to break the 4.80-second barrier (4.787, Dallas 2)
  • 1997: Earned his seventh NHRA Funny Car championship; Led the point standings for the entire season; Set the Funny Car speed record at three consecutive events Ñ Topeka, Memphis and Dallas 2
  • 1996: Took the NHRA Funny Car championship for the sixth time, his last in a Pontiac; Became the only drag racer named Driver of the Year for all of American motor racing after reaching the finals 16 times in 19 races and winning 13 events; Became the first driver to break the 4.90-second barrier while lowering the national record to 4.889 (Topeka); Won 65 rounds and was the No. 1 qualifier 13 times; Won the bonus event at Indianapolis
  • 1995: Earned his fifth NHRA Funny Car championship; Won the first of three straight titles in NHRA Invitational bonus race at Rockingham; Never trailed in points after winning the third race of the season at Gainesville
  • 1994: Became the winningest driver in Funny Car history when his 10 season victories boosted his career total to 42 -- seven more than legendary Don “the Snake” Prudhomme; Won five straight times in one stretch and won seven of the season’s last 10 events en route to the Funny Car title
  • 1993: Rebounded from his second place finish in 1992 by winning six of the season’s first seven races and seven of the first nine to reclaim the championship; Won at Indianapolis for the first time in his career; Claimed the Funny Car bonus event win
  • 1992: After forging a substantial early lead, lost the championship to Cruz Pedregon, who won five of the season’s last six races
  • 1991: Secured his second consecutive championship title by reaching the finals 10 times
  • 1990: Won first NHRA championship by 43 points
  • 1989: Claimed season's only victory at Reading
  • 1988: Won his first race in the U.S. when he prevailed at Columbus; Earned his first home track win (Pomona Raceway) when he beat Kenny Bernstein in the final at Pomona 2
  • 1987: Earned first career victory (Montreal), beating Ed McCulloch in the final round; Won the Funny Car bonus event for the first time
  • 1986: First year with crew chief Austin Coil produced three final-round appearances
  • 1985: Runner-up at Phoenix
  • 1984: Without major sponsorship support, appeared in only 12 events and qualified for 10
  • 1983: Finalist at Englishtown and Pomona 2
  • 1979: Made first career final-round appearance (Baton Rouge) losing to Kenny Bernstein

Personal
  • Wife: Laurie
  • Daughters: Adria, Ashley, Brittany, Courtney
  • Height/weight: 5' 11", 190 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Spending time with grandkids (Autumn Hight and Jacob Hood), storytelling, working out, and
    watching movies
  • Notable: Daughters Ashley, Brittany and Courtney, along with son-in-laws Robert Hight (Adria) and Daniel Hood
    (Ashley), are also part of the John Force Racing team that he owns and operates

 
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