John Force is one of the most famous drag racers in NHRA history, with sixteen Nitro Funny Car championships to his name.
Force, whose daughters Ashley, Brittany and Courtney have also competed, is still racing, even in his seventies. Age has been no barrier for the exciting Californian who rose to prominence in the 1980s and now drives the Peak Funny Car to speeds of over 330mph in just under four seconds.
Despite his fame, there are a few things you might not know about Force, here’s our top ten facts.
10. John Force didn’t come from money. His family lived in logging camps, Indian reservations, migrant farms and trailer parks when he was young.
9. Force survived polio as a child. The disease, which has now been eradicated in the USA thanks to vaccinations, used to affect up to 15,000 people a year. The disease left Force with one leg shorter than the other.
8. The first Funny Car Force drove was called ‘Night Stalker’.
7. Force’s first Funny Car was purchased from his uncle using a tax refund!
6. Before Force was a big name in the NHRA, he toured Australia with fellow Funny Car racer Gary Densham. Force put on such a poor show that Densham was convinced he would never make it in the big leagues.
5. Force raced for 16 years and was 38 years old before he earned his first NHRA Funny Car event win, which came in Montreal, Canada in 1987.
4. Force qualified for every event he entered for over 20 years, until a DNQ in 2007.
3. Force is the oldest driver to win an NHRA championship, with his 16th title coming at 64 years old.
2. Force’s racing dynasty is now three generations strong with his niece Autumn Hight and nephew Jacob Hood both racing Junior Dragsters.
1. Force leads almost every NHRA statistic. He has won 151 events, qualified in number one position 159 times and has won an incredible 1,347 rounds of racing from over 2000 elimination runs.
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