John Force is ready to come out swinging for the fences when the Castrol GTX High Mileage team rolls into Norwalk, Ohio this weekend for the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The 16-time NHRA Mello Yello World Champ is looking not just to go rounds, but to claim his 140th career victory while chasing an unprecedented 17th world title.
However, the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello season has been throwing the reigning Funny Car champ a few curve balls, with mechanical gremlins that have hurt the car’s performance consistency. Crew chief Jimmy Prock has been working on correcting the problems, and the team has began to turn it around over a week ago as John Force raced to a semi-final finish at the NHRA New England Nationals.
“We’ve been struggling a bit but we went a few rounds at New England and a couple at Chicago and that feels good," Force said. "Right now, we want to stay in the top ten in points and make it into the Countdown. Not just me, but my drivers are focused on that so we need to go rounds at Norwalk."
The Brownsburg-based team was also hoping to keep momentum moving in the right direction and go some rounds at last weekend’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals. With a great qualifying performance, John Force would advance to the quarterfinals, but ultimately lost to his daughter and teammate, Courtney Force.
Despite this, John Force’s hard driving attitude keeps him doing what his loves, strapped in and behind the wheel of his 8,000 horsepower Castrol GTX High Mileage Funny Car. This is why he’s once again been nominated for the ESPN ESPY Award for Best Driver.
It’s no accident that this legendary driver has accumulated 139 career wins and 16 NHRA World Championships while setting numerous performance benchmarks along the way. Force earned this latest nomination on the success of his 2013 season, in which he won four races in nine final round appearances, on the way to his 16th Mello Yello championship.