Who Is John Force? posted by NHRA Fan
Born May 4, 1949, John Force is an NHRA drag racer who has recorded 134 victories in his drag racing career. He drives for John Force Racing, which he owns, and his children, Courtney Force, Brittany Force, and Ashley Force Hood are drag racers as well. At present, Courtney, Brittany, and his son-in-law, Robert Hight is racing under John.
John Force spent his childhood living in migrant farms, Indian reservations, and logging camps, and was a football player in high school. Force started his career driving a Corvette, and then switched to Monza and then to an Oldsmobile Cutlass by 1993. During 1978 to 1985, Force best finish was in the 4th place, but his performance improved dramatically from 1986 onwards when Castrol Motor Oil became his sponsor. From 1996 to 2000, Force consistently finished in the first place, and in 2002, he won his 10th world title in a row. However, in 2002, he could not win the championship, which he had been winning since 1992.
Force was able to win in five events in 2005, but again missed the championship by finishing third. However, in 2006, John Force was able to win his 14th championship title for the NHRA World Funny Car race. In 2007, he was affected by the crash of Brittany Force and death of Eric Medlen, and he started poorly with a DNQ. However, by the end of the season he was back, and won the NHRA Thunder Valley O'Reilly Nationals.
In September 2007, Force crashed his car in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fall Nationals, and he sustained injuries to wrist, fingers, and ankle. 2008 and 2009 were not so good for Force, but in 2010 season, Force won the Auto Club Raceway, and finished far ahead in Funny Car points. In 2013, John Force won his 16th NHRA Funny Car Championship title, where he beat Courtney, his daughter in the final round.Continue reading "Who Is John Force?"