This Week in Ford Racing November 04, 2010 After last weekend's win in Las Vegas, 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, driver and owner of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Ford Funny Car, managed to move within 37 points of first...
This Week in Ford Racing
November 04, 2010
After last weekend's win in Las Vegas, 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, driver and owner of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Ford Funny Car, managed to move within 37 points of first place. Force talks about delivering under pressure and the momentum he'll be taking with him going into Pomona in two weeks.
YOU WENT INTO LAS VEGAS SAYING YOU HAD TO GET THE WIN. YOU DELIVERED. "I said we had to get every point on the table. The national record was the only one that wasn't there. Ashley [Force Hood] had a shot, but at the end of the day we got rid of four points during qualifying and that took us from four to three rounds, and that was very important. If he would have won that round, then that would have been ugly, because then we would have needed a miracle, or setting the national record in Pomona. I would go for it still, but at the end of the day we got it. What means the most to me is that so many people said that the car built by Ford, and engineered by them, that car, that it was too heavy and a lot of things. We put her on the diet and dropped ten pounds off of me within two or three weeks and transferred the weight because Hagan is so big, 225 pounds. I told my guys that even if our cars are heavy, that guy out weighs me by 25 pounds and something is wrong and they realized that just body weight was transferring weight to the rear tire. He might have 60 footed us, but he didn't this weekend. Our car out-run him. Every run we had 60 footed him, maybe not every run, but the majority of them. That's what we needed in order to race with him. The Ford engineers delivered and that's what I'm excited about the most, because now we learned a lot about this car that we didn't know and we'll apply it to all of our cars."
GOING TO POMONA, YOU'RE STILL DOWN 37 POINTS BUT YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE HE HASN'T. DO YOU FEEL LIKE MOMENTUM HAS SWUNG YOUR WAY? "I really do. The pressure is what I'm all about. It's what keeps me wide awake. It's the way you come to town. The way you prepare, the way you prepare your guys, motivate them. We'll have meetings in the morning. My daughter Ashley made a motivational tape about us winning and we showed it to the guys and it got everybody up before the race started. The idea is to come in with the right attitude and we've got to do everything right. We went into Reading with the lead and with the cardinal sin had a part fall off the race car. I said that I'm not doing my job. I need to motivate these people. They cannot make a mistake. [Matt] Hagan went rounds and he killed us there. I kept the lead all year. One mistake, one bolt, and a part, a clutch pedal fell on the ground and I couldn't even get it to reverse at the starting line. I said that's not happening again and here we are.
-source: ford interview