Force Signs Contract Extension with Ford through 2007 season. CLERMONT, Ind.-- John Force has confirmed the signing of a contract extension that will keep his high-flying Funny Car team operating under Ford Motor Company's blue oval logo through...
Force Signs Contract Extension with Ford through 2007 season.
CLERMONT, Ind.-- John Force has confirmed the signing of a contract extension that will keep his high-flying Funny Car team operating under Ford Motor Company's blue oval logo through the 2007 season. Terms of the contract were not announced.
"Ford's been good to me," Force said. "We're signed through 2007, but I plan on being with Ford forever. The first Funny Car I ever drove was a Ford Mustang and the first street car I ever owned was a 1962 Ford Fairlane, so for me being with Ford is being home."
The 11-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, Force presently campaigns a trio of Ford Mustangs as well as a Ford-powered Super Comp dragster driven by his 19-year-old daughter, Ashley.
"The two best things that ever happened to me in drag racing were hiring Austin Coil as my Crew Chief in 1985 and signing with Castrol in 1986," Force said. "The third best was getting together with Ford Motor Co. in 1997 through the Tasca family.
"Ford is a great sponsor," Force said, "because (the people at Ford) understand racing. They're really motivated toward racing and they work real good with Castrol, so it's a good team effort.
"In addition to cars and trucks, Ford gives us wind tunnel time, the Ford engineers work with my Crew Chiefs and Ford even buys ads in USA Today when we win. They're good people."
Since making the conversion to Ford products, Force has won 40 NHRA tour events and his team has won 59. Moreover, the 53-year-old veteran has won the last five NHRA series championships in Mustangs and leads the points in an ongoing bid for his 10th straight Funny Car championship.
In addition to Force's national record-holding (4.731 seconds) Castrol GTX0x00ae Mustang, his Yorba Linda, Calif.-based team also fields Fords for Tony Pedregon and Gary Densham, winners or three and two races, respectively, this year. Densham also drove his Team Castrol/Automobile Club of Southern California Mustang to a national record speed of 326.87 miles per hour.
With Team Force, Ford has won almost half the Funny Car races contested (59 of 126) the last 50x00bd seasons. The JFR Fords were 1-2-3 in points entering this week's 48th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.