Ashley Force Las Vegas test summary

Ashley Force Applies Exclamation Point To Vegas Test Session Rookie-to-Be Records Career Best 4.729 Time in Castrol GTX Ford LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- After making slow and steady progress in the first three days of testing at The Strip at Las Vegas...

Ashley Force Applies Exclamation Point To Vegas Test Session
Rookie-to-Be Records Career Best 4.729 Time in Castrol GTX Ford

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- After making slow and steady progress in the first three days of testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, second generation Funny Car driver Ashley Force made the most of her final opportunity by pushing her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang through the timers in a career best 4.729 seconds on Tuesday.

It was the quickest run of the Rookie-to-Be's brief career and the best by any John Force Racing, Inc., team member during the Friday-through-Tuesday test on a track that hosts two of the 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Nevertheless, the run was anything but uneventful. The 8,000 horsepower hybrid made a hard move toward the guardwall, recalling a 2005 test during which Ms. Force crumpled the header pipes on her father's borrowed Castrol Ford when it brushed the guardwall at Indianapolis.

This time Ashley managed to keep the car off the wall and record the second quickest Funny Car time during the test. Tommy Johnson Jr., driving a new Chevy Impala for Don Prudhomme, was slightly quicker at 4.724 seconds.

Testing for Ashley, her father, 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, Robert Hight and Eric Medlen will continue this week at Firebird International Raceway. If the team requires more testing before the opener, it will return to LVMS fora Last Chance Test Session in two weeks.

-credit: jfr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Don Prudhomme , Ashley Force , Eric Medlen , Robert Hight , Tommy Johnson Jr.