Force again among nominee for Best Driver at ESPY Award s LOS ANGELES, Calif. John Force, who has won more NHRA drag racing events and more series championships than any driver in history, again is among the nominees for "Best ...
Force again among nominee for Best Driver at ESPY Award s
LOS ANGELES, Calif. John Force, who has won more NHRA drag racing events and more series championships than any driver in history, again is among the nominees for "Best Driver" at the ESPN ESPY Awards, which annually recognize the top achievers in sports ranging from football, basketball and baseball to motor racing.
Winners of the ESPY Awards will be revealed July 10 in televised ceremonies from the new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. A special "Live from the Red Carpet" preview will air on E! Entertainment Television at 8 p.m. (ET) followed by awards presentations on ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. (ET).
It is the third time Force has been nominated for "Best Driver." In previous years, he was one of three finalists. This year, the 11-time NHRA champion is one of seven finalists representing all the major motor racing disciplines, including Formula 1.
The other nominees are Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick, both from NASCAR, Formula 1 Champion Michael Schumacher, Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, CART Champion Gil De Ferran and IRL Champ Sam Hornish Jr.
"Naturally, it's an honor to have my name included with that group," Force said. "I've been to NASCAR races and I'm friends with some NASCAR drivers through (my association with) Ford. I don't know much about formula racing, but I do know the names and I know the ability you have to have to succeed at this level.
"To include a drag racer I think shows that the sport is getting a bigger audience and becoming more mainstream. That's a credit to (NHRA President) Tom Compton and his group. With the new association with POWERade and Coca-Cola, I think the sport has a big future and I want to be a part of it not just as a driver, but as a team owner."
Force, who won his ninth consecutive NHRA Funny Car Championship last season, is in position to win an unprecedented 10th straight title this year. He has driven his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a pair of 2002 victories, the 99th and 100th of his career, and presently is second in POWERade points behind only teammate Gary Densham.