Force inks new NHRA deal

WAYNE, NJ, November 14, 2000 - The future of the most successful partnership in drag racing history was secured Tuesday with the announcement by Castrol North America that it will continue to provide primary sponsorship for John Force...

WAYNE, NJ, November 14, 2000 - The future of the most successful partnership in drag racing history was secured Tuesday with the announcement by Castrol North America that it will continue to provide primary sponsorship for John Force Racing through the 2005 NHRA season. The multimillion dollar agreement encompasses sponsorship of the sport's two quickest Funny Cars and of drivers John Force and Tony Pedregon who between them have won 101 tour events over the last 14 seasons, all for Castrol North America. "Castrol North America is thrilled about renewing its partnership for the next five years with John Force," said John Howell, Motorsports Manager for Castrol North America. "John has been a symbol of hard work, determination and success. We are looking forward to watching him ride his Castrol GTX Mustang to many more victories." Force, the sport's most prolific winner with 92 NHRA event titles, was a perennial bridesmaid on the NHRA tour before signing a modest sponsorship agreement with Castrol in 1986. He won his first race in 1987 and the first of his record-tying 10 career championships in 1990. Winner of an unprecedented eight consecutive Winston Series titles, the 51-year-old resident of Yorba Linda, Calif., became the first drag racer ever selected Driver of the Year for all of American auto racing after guiding his Castrol GTX entry to 16 final rounds and 13 victories during the 1996 season. "It's great that Castrol will be back for the next five years," Force said. "The people at Castrol are family to this racing team. They've been with us for 10 championships and we're hoping to share a couple more with them before we're through." The official NHRA national record holder for quarter mile time (4.788 seconds) and speed (324.05 miles per hour), Force has been named to the last 10 Drag Racing All-Star teams by the staff and readers of Car Craft Magazine. He was the 1998 winner of the magazine's prestigious Ollie Award for career contributions to the sport. In addition, he has been a member of the Auto Racing All-America Team selected by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association seven straight years and twice has won the Jerry Titus Award as the driver receiving the most overall votes. Pedregon, 35, has claimed 10 tour victories since coming on board in 1996 as driver of the team's second Castrol-backed Funny Car. Last year, the Chino Hills, Calif., resident drove the Castrol SYNTEC Mustang to the quickest quarter mile in Funny Car drag racing history at 4.779 seconds. A winner in only his fifth race for Team Castrol in 1996, Pedregon won twice this season en route to his fifth straight Top 10 finish. He has been second to Force in driver points three of the last five years. Castrol has been a major sponsor of NHRA drag racing since 1985. In addition to event, series and performance sponsorships including the Castrol 4-Second Funny Car Club, Castrol North America has been the primary sponsor of professional and sportsman drivers who have won national events in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, Competition, Super Comp and Super Gas classes. In addition to Force and Pedregon, Castrol, through its Super Clean brand, this year sponsored the the NHRA Pro Stock Trucks of Rob Slavinski and Steve Johns. Castrol GTX was the primary sponsor for driver Casey Atwood in the NASCAR Busch Grand National stock car series.

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Series Automotive , NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Casey Atwood , Steve J