John Force has raced dozens of Funny Cars over the course his Hall of Fame career and this week the 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion will display a one of a kind Castrol GTX High Mileage Hall of Fame special edition Ford Mustang Funny Car at Talladega Motor Speedway. In advance of Force’s induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame the Funny Car will list Force’s most notable accomplishments along with having the International Motorsports Hall of Fame logo on it. The Funny Car will arrive at the Hall of Fame on May 1st.
“I always thought they put you in the Hall of Fame when you were done racing or dead. Well I’m not done racing and I promise you I ain’t dead. This is a big deal to go down to Talladega with Kenny Bernstein and Richard Childress. I am proud to represent my sponsors like Castrol, Ford, Auto Club, Mac Tools, Traxxas and BrandSource. They have supported me over the years and they are going into the Hall of Fame with this old truck driver,” said Force.
“I have to thank all my crew guys and especially my crew chiefs like Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderly and Mike Neff who helped me win fifteen championships. The brain-trust was also a big part of our success so I have to thank Jimmy Prock, John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, and Ron Douglas.”
The first and only driver to win 100 NHRA tour events and 1,000 racing rounds, the first Funny Car driver to overcome a points deficit on the final day of the season to win the championship, the first to win series titles in three different decades and the oldest champion in any racing discipline, Force is without a doubt one of the most iconic figures in all of motorsports.
The 1996 Driver of the Year and a four-time winner of the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy that identifies the driver receiving the most votes for the AARWBA Auto Racing All-America team, Force this year is bidding for his 16th title in 23 years; his team’s 18th.
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