John Force - Ford interview 2011-01-12

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This Week in Ford Racing
January 12, 2011

Less than two months ago John Force won his record 15th NHRA Funny Car championship in dramatic fashion rallying in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang from a 39 point deficit on the final day of the season to win the title. Next month Force will begin defense of his championship at Pomona at the Winternationals.

JOHN FORCE - CASTROL GTX FORD MUSTANG FUNNY CAR

IT HAS BEEN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS SINCE THE CHAMPIONSHIP. HAS IT SUNK IN YET THAT YOU ARE BACK ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN? "Yeah, but it starts all over. It is good to be on top and we [John Force Racing] have won this the last two years with Robert Hight in the Auto Club Ford and myself in the Castrol Ford. I am pretty excited and we have a lot of big announcements coming on the 25th of January and we are looking to the future, but after that the focus is on the NHRA Full Throttle Championship. It is what we live for, it is what the fans love and we are going to keep trying."

PRESEASON TESTING IS COMING UP AT THE END OF THE MONTH. "We will be leaving for Florida and we are also taking a TV crew from A&E because we are putting our show back together. So in addition to testing we are going to be filming and the real focus will be on my youngest daughter, Courtney, who has graduated and she doesn't want to be like her dad, she wants to be like her big sister Ashley. So we will let those two slug it out and see what happens."

YOU MENTIONED THAT ROBERT [HIGHT] IS TAKING A PAGE OUT OF YOUR BOOK AND TRYING TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT TO GAIN SOME TIME ON TRACK. "It is always critical that we keep these cars on a diet. His car was always lighter than mine, but he has dropped almost 20 pounds, so God bless him. He knows the drill and he knows what it takes. Weight is a big part of it if you are going to be on top and win. Robert knows the drill and so do I."

AS YOU LOOK AT THE COMPETITION IN FUNNY CAR, WHO DO YOU SEE AS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO JOHN FORCE? "First, I look at the drivers around me Ashley and Robert and myself. We all know the drill and we have great teams, great crew chiefs and great financial backing. Plus with Ford Motor Company behind us and the engineers and the new stuff that is coming out we will be strong. But I will tell you right now, the kid that is starting to run and he has the Ford BOSS 500 engine behind him is Bobby Tasca. [Matt] Hagan will be there again and so will a bunch of them, but Tasca has a hot rod and it runs like ours. He is definitely one that you can put up in that group."

-source: ford racing

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