John Force

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John Force

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5/24/1949

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John Force is the king of drag racing. John is an NHRA Funny Car driver with a career best speed of 333.58 mph. He has won more NHRA championships that anyone else. He currently has won 14 championships. He has appeared in 198 final rounds and won 125 races.more

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  • Trivia

    • On Spetember 23, 2007, John Force was involved in a serious drag racing accident when a timing cone hit by Kenny Bernstein's car blew out John Force's tires. John Force suffered a severely broken left ankle, a deep laceration on his right knee down to the bone, a dislocated left wrist and abrasive injuries to his right hand and a few broken fingers on his right hand. Fellow racer Kenny Bernstein was uninjured.

    • On November 12, 2006, John Force clinched his 14th career Championship in the NHRA.

    • On June 11, 2006, John Force celebrated his first win of the season in Joliet, Illinois.

    • John won his 120 career win on June 11, 2006 in Joliet. He beat his son-in-law Robert Hight. He dedicated his wally for the first time to his wife.

    • John Force has been a Funny Car finalist in more than half the NHRA races contested since 1989 (171 of 341). During that span, he has won 125 times.

    • On May 13, 2006, John Force was awarded a lifetime membership on the California Highway Patrol's 11-99 Foundation.

    • Driving Force premiered on July 17, on A&E. It's a fast-paced real-life series starring racing legend John Force and his three drag-racing daughters.

    • His dream of a football career dashed by a bout with childhood polio that left him with one leg fractionally shorter than the other, Force turned to drag racing, a sport in which his uncle, Gene Beaver, and his cousins, David and Steve Condit, had been marginally successful.

    • John Force's career best elapsed time is 4.664.

    • John Force's career best speed is 333.58 mph.

    • John Force is sponsor by Castrol Startup GTX and drives a Ford Mustang.

    • On April 2, 2006 John Force and Eric Medlen both were ousted in the semifinals when their Castrol-backed Ford Mustangs suffered mechanical problems.

    • In 2005 John Force earned his 125th career No. 1 qualifier with quickest qualifying E.T. at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. He also collected his 926th round win, pulling him within 74 of 1,000

    • In 2005 John Force qualified for all 23 events, upping his streak to 369 consecutive events at which he's qualified, dating back to 1987 Pomona.

    • In 2005 John Force finished third, 32 points behind Gary Scelzi and 24 points behind Ron Capps, in the tightest Funny Car points race in NHRA history.

    • In 2005 John Force led the Funny Car point standings for more than a third of the season (eight of 23 events), including with just two events remaining

    • In 2005 John Force led his category with five wins to increase his NHRA record for wins to 119.

    • In 2004 John Force's qualified for all 23 events, upping his record streak to 346 consecutive events at which he has qualified, dating back to 1987 Pomona.

    • In 2004 John Force's national record for speed was faster than the Top Fuel national record heading into the 2005 season.

    • In 2004 the three Ford Mustangs which comprise Force Racing finished first(Force), fourth (Gary Densham) and fifth (Eric Medlen).

    • In 2004 John Force and daughter Ashley (Top Alcohol Dragster) won Pomona, making them the first-ever father-daughter duo to win at a national event.

    • In 2003 John Force's 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.

    • In 2003 John Force qualified No. 1 five times. He was one of four Funny Car drivers to qualify for all 23 events.

    • In 2003 John Force established the record for consecutive national event qualifying streaks which was 304, and has qualified for 323 consecutive events, dating back to 1987 Pomona.

    • In 2003 John Force won an NHRA national event for the 17th consecutive season

    • In 2002 John Force earned six No. 1 qualifying positions.

    • In 2002 John Force led the Funny Car category in victories, which was 8; and final round appearances which was 10.

    • In 2002 Force Racing's three cars won 16 of 23 events.

    • In 2002 John Force earned his 100th career victory in Houston and is second only to Richard Petty for wins in all major motorsports.

    • In 2002 John Force won a record 10th consecutive Funny Car championship and his 12th overall.

    • In 2001 John Force went to the final round a category-high 13 times.

    • In 2001 John Force qualified No. 1 six times and earned six victories.

    • In 2001 John Force claimed 11th Funny Car championship and lowered NHRA elapsed-time record to 4.731 in Reading.

    • In 2000, John Force 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.

    • In 2000 John Force won the Funny Car bonus event for the fifth time.

    • In 2000 John Force earned double-digit victories (11) for the fifth time in his career.

    • In 2000 John Force broke Bob Glidden's career victory record when he won his 86th event in Chicago.

    • In 2000 John Force earned 10th NHRA Funny Car championship

    • In 1999 John Force won the $200,000 top prize in the first NHRA Showdown which pitted Funny Cars against Top Fuel dragsters at Bristol Dragway.

    • In 1999 John Force won six times in the first eight races en route to ninth NHRA Funny Car championship and set NHRA records for time (4.788 seconds) and speed (324.05 mph).

    • In 1998 John Force became the first Funny Car driver to hold fastest speed which was 323.89 mph in NHRA history and he became first Funny Car driver to break the 4.80-second barrier (4.787)

    • In 1998 John Force won fewer races than both Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon, but still managed to claim his eighth championship.

    • In 1997 John Force earned his seventh NHRA Funny Car championship and led the point standings for the entire season. He set the Funny Car speed record at three consecutive events in Topeka, Memphis and Dallas.

    • In 1996 John Force became the first driver to break the 4.90-second barrier while lowering the national record to 4.889 (Topeka). He also won 65 rounds and was the No. 1 qualifier 13 times; and the bonus event at Indianapolis.

    • In 1996 John Force 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.

    • In 1996 John Force took the NHRA Funny Car championship for the sixth time, his last in a Pontiac.

    • In 1995 John Force never trailed in points after winning the third race of the season at Gainesville.

    • In 1995, John Force earned his fifth NHRA Funny Car championship and he won the first of three straight titles in NHRA Invitational bonus race at Rockingham.

    • In 1994, John Force won five straight times in one stretch and won seven of the season's last 10 events en route to the Funny Car title.

    • In 1994, John Force became the winningest driver in Funny Car history when his 10 season victories boosted his career total to 42 which was seven more than legendary Don "the Snake" Prudhomme.

    • In 1993, John Force 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. He also won at Indianapolis for the first time in his career and claimed the Funny Car bonus event win.

    • After forging a substantial early lead in 1992, John Force lost the championship to Cruz Pedregon, who won five of the season's last six races.

    • In 1991 John Force secured his second consecutive championship title by reaching the finals 10 times

    • In 1989, John Force claimed season's only victory at Reading

    • In 1988, John Force won his first race in the U.S. when he prevailed at Columbus. He also earned his first home track win (Pomona Raceway) when he beat Kenny Bernstein in the final at Pomona 2.

    • In 1987 John Force earned first career victory (Montreal), beating Ed McCulloch in the final round. He alsowon the Funny Car bonus event for the first time.

    • In 1986, it was John Force's first year with crew chief Austin Coil produced three final-round appearances

    • In 1979 John Force made his first career final-round appearance (Baton Rouge) losing to Kenny Bernstein.

    • In 1983, John Force was a finalist at Englishtown and Pomona 2

    • In 1984 John Force appeared in only 12 events and qualified for 10 without major sponsorship support.

    • John Force owns the Funny Cars driven by Eric Medlen and Robert Hight

    • John Force drove trucks and became a television pitch man for a truck-driving school during early racing career

    • John Force enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia.

    • John Force has four daughters; Adria, Ashley, Brittany and Courtney.

    • John Force is married to Laurie Force.

    • John Force is 5'11", and weighs 190 lbs

    • In 2004, John Force set the national record for time at 4.665 seconds in a quater mile and a speed of 333.58 mph in Joliet, Chicago's Route 66.

    • In 2004, John Force clinched an unprecedented 13th career NHRA POWERade Funny Car world championship at Las Vegas.

    • John Force's other hobbies are movies and Car Collector

    • John Force's current cars Jaguar and a Funny Car.

    • John Force's first car was a 1960 Ford Fairlane.

    • John Force's hometown is Yorba Linda.

    • John Force was born May 4, 1949.

    • John Force has a daughter names Ashley who was born on November 29, 1982.

    • John Force's favorite actor/actress is Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron

    • John Force's favorite movie is Titanic.

    • John Force's favorite singer or group is Beach Boys, Elvis, and Willie Nelson.

    • John Force's runs record qualifying streak to an amazing 392 consecutive races in August of 2007. His streak was broken on April 15, 2007, when he failed to qualify in Las Vegas.

    • John Force's favorite music is Country and Rock And Roll.

    • John Force's favorite car is a '64 ½ Mustang convertible.

    • John Force's favorite book is Jurassic Park.

    • John Force's favorite tv show is the Honeymooners and Friends.

    • John Force's favorite food is chinese.

    • John Force won every NHRA 2005 Funny Car World Championship from 1993 to 2005, until he was beaten by Gary Scelzi.

    • In 2005, John Force lost NHRA 2005 Funny Car World Championship to Gary Scelzi, who beat him by a mere 32 points.

    • John Force is known for being outspoken and very fast talking. He talks so fast that at times he's hard to understand, which fans love.

    • John Force has been a Ford mustang driver and team owner since the early 1990's.

    • John Force is one of the most dominant drag racers in the sport with over 125 career victories as of August of 2007.

    • John Force's daughter Ashley Force is also a Funny Car driver in the NHRA.

    • John Force currently holds the records for qualifying in most consecutive events, which is 392; and most Funny Car championships, which is 14.

    • On the National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000, John Force was ranked No. 2.

  • Quotes

    • John: I've promised to go to therapy because I want to be a better person, a better father.

    • John Force: I don't know if anyone has noticed, but there are a lot of good race cars out here, ... This is the best field (of Funny Cars) I've ever seen and that goes back to the days of 'Snake' and 'Mongoose,' Bernstein and the 'Blue Max' (references to Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Kenny Bernstein and the car driven by three-time champion Raymond Beadle). I raced against all of them and I got spanked regular. But, bottom line, it's tougher now. There are no easy rounds.

    • John Force: But when we went through two seasons and hadn't won anything, I whined to him that he promised to make me a winner. He looked at me with that ol' toothpick sticking out of his mouth and said, 'Yeah, and you promised me a million dollars.

    • John Force: I'm here to tell them that anybody can be beat, but it ain't over till I say it's over. There's a lot of racing left and we expect to be right in the middle of it.

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