John Force Racing press release
HIGHT HAS CHAMPIONSHIP FOCUS FOR SEASON FINALE IN POMONA
POMONA, CA (November 9, 2011) --- It all comes down to the Auto Club NHRA Finals, November 10-13. Years ago this race was known as the World Finals and for Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team winning this race and possibly a second NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship is not an out of this world proposition. Hight is 71 points behind point leader Matt Hagan and as recent history has shown anything can happen at the last race of the season.
“I know I have a tough point deficit to overcome but John has always said you fight until they tell you there is no way to earn enough points to win the championship. No one has told me I can’t earn enough points to win so we are going to Auto Club Raceway with a focus on winning the Full Throttle Funny Car championship,” said Hight.
The win in Reading midway through the Countdown was a turning point for the Auto Club Funny Car team. Since that win Hight’s team has had an up and down experience in Phoenix and Las Vegas. They have had good qualifying efforts and poor race day performances. Hight is looking to put the total package together during the last race of the season. Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is a track that Hight has had much success and heading into this weekend’s event Hight is looking to build on that positive mojo.
“I have won at Auto Club Raceway four times but only once at the last race of the season. I want to do well for my sponsors and for my crew guys. They have really given me a great car all season. We have five wins which is a career high and I can’t thank them enough,” said Hight, a former crew man on John Force’s championship Funny Car teams. “We are nominated for the Full Throttle Hard Working Crew award and I hope everyone goes to nhra.com to vote for my guys.”
The Auto Club Ford Mustang crew has been nominated for the Hard Working Crew award for their extraordinary efforts after a crewman, David “Shafty” Karcanes, was injured starting Hight’s Mustang at the Topeka national event. The crew pulled together and won the race which was the 200th Funny Car win for John Force Racing.
Hight will be battling some of the toughest Funny Car teams in recent history if he is going to win his second world championship. The Don Schumacher Racing backed duo of Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman are at the top of the points. Right behind them sits another tough combo of two-time Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon and Hight’s JFR teammate Mike Neff. Hight will need some help to get around those four drivers but in recent weeks non-Countdown Funny Car teams have been eliminating Countdown teams so a favorable ladder could open the door for Hight and the Auto Club team to race through.
“I know I will need some help from the non-Countdown Funny Cars and I know John Force’s Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford Mustang is ready to do some damage to help me and Neff by taking out some of the guys in front of us. It will be a great race from the first qualifying session on Thursday. Every