Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Westside

April 23, 2013

Brittany Force tries to improve at Houston

Hopes to feed on JFR tradition

Now that she’s won her first racing round as a professional driver, Brittany Force turns her attention to the 26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway where she hopes to drive her Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster into contention for a spot in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1 playoffs.

History is on the side of the 26-year-old graduate of Cal State-Fullerton as five John Force Racing drivers have won the Spring Nationals and the team has placed at least one of its race cars in the final round in 15 of the last 23 seasons.

The fact that all the previous success came in the Funny Car division is of little concern to either Brittany or her father, seven-time Houston champion John Force, who rightfully has pointed out that the parts and pieces in his daughter’s dragster are the same ones that power his team’s three potent Ford Mustangs.

They include the Ford BOSS 500 nitro motor developed at JFR’s Brownsburg shop, the same engine that propelled the elder Force to the 2010 NHRA championship and that made Brittany the first Top Fuel driver to win a round with Ford power since 1970.

Moreover, those responsible for the performance of Brittany’s Castrol-backed hybrid all came from Funny Car success.

Crew chief Dean “Guido” Antonelli put a Funny Car in the winners’ circle in each of the last five seasons and, with Brittany’s father, won last year’s inaugural Traxxas Nitro Shootout. Assistant crew chief Eric Lane worked for eight years on Robert Hight’s Auto Club Ford, winning 33 races and an NHRA championship (2009).

Now they’re applying all that Funny Car knowledge to a race car with a completely different configuration. The dragster is twice as long as the Funny Car, the motor sits behind the driver instead of in front, and an enormous rear stabilizer helps to keep the vehicle characterized as “the long car” glued to the racetrack.

Text Only
Westside
  • WSF 7-22 news wife killer Man in custody for murdering his wife At about 8:11 a.m. Sunday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were sent to 5702 Laurel Hall Drive after a 911 call of a disturbance with a person injured. When officers arrived they found a female inside the house with head

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSF 7-15 news fire training 4 [Duplicate] Firefighter recruits train in condemned buildings The classroom heated up this week for firefighter recruits as they moved into the final states of training: live fire.The Wayne Township Fire Department is hosting the training this week at a set of abandoned buildings on the city’s west side.Mike Pr

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSF 7-15 news brewery pic 1 Upland Brewery wins awards at Ind. State Fair Brewers' Cup Upland Brewing Company took home all the big awards in the professional division of the Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup competition over the weekend.The Bloomington brewery was named Indiana Brewery of the Year and Grand Champion Brewery of the Year.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSF 7-15 news airman burial 1 Fallen airman returns to Indiana after six decades ELWOOD — Unchecked tears rolled down Paul Martin’s lined face as he clutched the hand of a U.S. Air Force servicewoman who handed him a handwritten note at the graveside service for his older brother.The note said simply that it was an honor to atten

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • WSF 7-15 news fire training 3 Firefighter recruits train in condemned buildings The classroom heated up this week for firefighter recruits as they moved into the final states of training: live fire.The Wayne Township Fire Department is hosting the training this week at a set of abandoned buildings on the city’s west side.Mike Pr

    July 14, 2014 4 Photos

  • HCF 7-12 news USO pic 2 USO of Indiana helps active military members INDIANAPOLIS — The United Services Organization (USO) of Indiana helps active military and their families on a daily basis; even on their way through the Indianapolis International Airport.The United Service Organizations was first formed during Worl

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • City's violence continues |Violence throughout Indianapolis continued over the weekend and into the early part of the week. At about 11 a.m. Saturday, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were sent to the 1800 block of Heather Court in reference to a

    July 14, 2014

  • Man killed in hit-and-run on Township Line Road |A bicyclist discovered a body in a ditch in the 8800 block of Township Road over the weekend and immediately alerted the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Officers arrived and discovered the unresponsive body of 22-year-old Patrick Hurd o

    July 14, 2014

  • WSF 7-8 ent varekai pic 2 Cirque du Soleil Varekai comes to Indy July 24 INDIANAPOLIS — Cirque du Soleil will be presenting its newest arena show, Varekai, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse from July 24-27 for six performances. Since December 2013, the cast of 50 performers, with 18 different nationalities, began touring the wor

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • WSF 7-8 ent shrek pic 1 'Shrek The Musical' comes to Myers Dinner Theatre Revolution Productions LLC at Myers Dinner Theatre recently announced the next show in their 2014 season, “Shrek The Musical.” It opened July 2. This hilarious, high-energy musical adaptation of the hit film features book and lyrics by David Lindsay-

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Has the rash of shootings in Indianapolis made you reconsider attending an event or patronizing a business there? Yes, it's out of control No, it's no more dangerous than anywhere else

     View Results
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read