DEARBORN, Mich. — In the minutes before the final round in Las Vegas, John Force sat in his trailer completely calm.
It was odd for the man beloved for a mouth that runs as fast as his 300 mph Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Funny Car, especially since he was about to battle his youngest daughter Courtney for the race win. To make it worse, Courtney was racing with her special 2012 Rookie of the Year paint scheme – so pictures of her as a child from the race track were literally on the sides of her car.
It would be enough to shake any dad. But if he beat her, John would clinch his 16th-career world championship title in the world’s fastest motorsport.
In the final round at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 27, 2013, the 64-year-old grabbed a .004-second advantage on the starting line and while Courtney’s Traxxas Ford gained momentum in the other lane, 1,000 feet of track surface wasn’t enough to run him down.
After he’d received the championship trophy and jacket, Force credited crew chief Jimmy Prock for the mental focus he carried into the finals. Prock made him practice his reaction times, a move that paid off with a $500,000 NHRA Mello Yello Series championship paycheck for the legendary drag racer and his team.
As for his age? No problem, said John, adding Father Time will need a new pair of running shoes to catch him.
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