Force, Parks, Prudhomme Headline N.H.R.A. Breakfast

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - John Force will join NHRA founder Wally Parks and veteran racer and team owner Don "the Snake" Prudhomme for a special NHRA-hosted Wednesday breakfast in conjunction with the annual Speciality Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show.

Parks, 91, will talk about NHRA's past, present and future during the 7:30 a.m. breakfast to be held in Pavilions 10 and 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center adjacent to the Las Vegas Hilton.

Tickets for the breakfast are free to those credentialed for the SEMA Show and can be requested by accessing the Seminars and Special Events section of the SEMA website at

Parks founded the NHRA in 1951 to address basically the same problem that has re-emerged in the 21st century - racing on public streets. He worked with local law enforcement officials throughout the country to get hot rodders off the streets and onto drag strips and subsequently transformed the NHRA into the world's largest sanctioning body for auto racing.

Force, 55, is just 4.80 seconds away from a record 13th NHRA Funny Car Championship for himself and 14th in 15 years for his Castrol-backed team. The 1996 Driver of the Year for all of American motor racing can clinch the 2004 title simply by qualifying his Castrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang for next week's AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Prudhomme, who owns two Funny Cars and the Miller Lite Top Fuel dragster driven to the 2002 and 2003 Top Fuel championship by Larry Dixon, was the career leader in Funny Car victories (35) until Force began his amazing run in 1987. Force eclipsed Prudhomme's record on June 26, 1994, when he won for the 36th time. He now has 113 career wins.