Force Joined by Coil, Fedderly on 35th Car Craft All-Star Team. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - John Force and the Crew Chiefs on his Castrol GTX0x00ae Ford Mustang, Austin Coil and Bernie Fedderly, were among the members of the 35th annual Car Craft ...
Force Joined by Coil, Fedderly on 35th Car Craft All-Star Team.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - John Force and the Crew Chiefs on his Castrol GTX0x00ae Ford Mustang, Austin Coil and Bernie Fedderly, were among the members of the 35th annual Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team revealed Thursday night in ceremonies at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.
Although Force and Coil were named to the team for the 12 consecutive time, the night's biggest honor was reserved for Gary Densham and Jimmy Prock who were named Persons of the Year for their collaboration on the Force-owned Team Castrol/Automobile Club of Southern California Ford Mustang.
The night's other special award, the Ollie Award, presented for career-long service to the sport, went to Jeg Coughlin Sr.
Force, winner of 11 NHRA championships in the last 12 seasons, was named to the Funny Car driver slot for the 12th time by the readers of Car Craft Magazine, National DRAGSTER and Drag Review as well as by members of a blue ribbon panel comprised of journalists, officials, manufacturers and retired drag racing champions.
Coil was named Funny Car Crew Chief for the 12th straight time and for the 13th time overall. Before joining John Force Racing in 1986, Coil made the 1983 Car Craft All-Star Team as Fuel Crew Chief after directing driver Frank Hawley to consecutive NHRA Championships (1982-1983) at the wheel of the Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car.
Fedderly shared the Funny Car Crew Chief position with Coil for the ninth straight time. The two have directed Force to nine consecutive NHRA Funny Car Championships and have him again atop the standings entering this week's 48th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"It's always an honor to be recognized by the fans," Force said. "I remember when I started racing, I always dreamed about the Car Craft All-Star Team because my heroes were always on it -- Don "the Snake" Prudhomme, Kenny Bernstein, Raymond Beadle, all the big names in Funny Car racing.
"I couldn't believe it the first time (I was selected) and every year it's just as sweet, but it's a team honor. I wouldn't be here without my teammates, Tony Pedregon and Gary Densham, and without the 40 guys who keep our Castrol Fords running like they do."
Densham was a Funny Car driver finalist this year for the first time in his career on the strength of four victories in the last 12 months. Pedregon, driver of the Castrol SYNTEC Mustang and a three-time runner-up for the series championship (1996, 1997 and 1999), was a finalist last year.