Force and Elvis at Vegas

Elvis, Force Together Again at summitracing.com Nationals LAS VEGAS, Nevada When his Castrol GTX0x00ae Funny Car suffered an engine explosion and crashed during the 1992 Mid-South Nationals at Memphis, Tenn., John Force climbed out of the...

Elvis, Force Together Again at summitracing.com Nationals

LAS VEGAS, Nevada When his Castrol GTX0x00ae Funny Car suffered an engine explosion and crashed during the 1992 Mid-South Nationals at Memphis, Tenn., John Force climbed out of the cockpit telling TV reporters, "I saw Elvis at a thousand feet."

This week, Force's rivals in the third annual summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are more likely to be the ones claiming to have caught a glimpse of the ghost of Elvis Presley

In their case, though, the image won't be the product of an overactive imagination.

For the second time in his career, Force this week will be at the wheel of a Castrol GTX Ford Mustang that pays homage to Elvis, one of the 11-time NHRA champion's idols while growing up.

The newest Elvis "theme car," a joint venture between Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., Castrol, Inc., and Action Performance Companies, Inc., will roll onto the track for the first time during Friday qualifying.

The silver-and-black Ford will boast likenesses of the rock-and-roll legend on the hood and rear spoilers with a keyboard design playing down both sides of the carbon filber body.

DID YOU KNOW: It took John Force 168 races to win his first 25 NHRA national events, 53 races to win his second 25 and 67 races to go from 50 through 75. The summitracing.com Nationals is the 66th race contested since Force reached the 75 victory plateau.

John Force has won 64 more Funny Car races than any other driver in history (Don Prudhomme is second with 35)

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Don Prudhomme