John Force Racing Indianapolis Saturday report

John Force Racing press release


Mike Neff, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
Mike Neff, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

INDIANAPOLIS, IN --- Two of the three John Force Mustangs improved on the second day of qualifying at the 57th annual Mac Tools US Nationals. The Castrol duo of John Force and Mike Neff raced into the top half of the field with 4.18 second runs on Saturday night. Force posted a 4.184 second pass at 307.30 mph and Neff recorded a 4.182 second pass at 301.33 mph. Force will go into Sunday as the provisional No. 7 qualifier right behind Mike Neff who holds the provisional No. 6 spot.

Force switched bodies before the final session of the day reverting back to his traditional green Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford Mustang.

“We had a problem with the 15X champion body and we just needed some time to take a look at it and fix it,” said John Force. “I always joke that (daughter) Ashley (Force Hood) wanted the other body back because her name is on the Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE body but it isn’t on the 15X body. She had said every time we change a body with a new car it always snake bites you. Guido just said we needed to pull out the old body so that it what we did. We might put it back on tomorrow.”

With one more day of qualifying in front of the John Force Racing teams Force is feeling much better about where his team is positioned.

“Our qualifying position is definitely better because at least if it rains you are in. All three of our teams are in. It builds confidence and that is what it is all about. We have a lot on our plate. I have an unveiling tomorrow of the Honoring our Heroes Stephen Siller Foundation Funny Car. That is stuff that is really important to me because those are men and women that sacrificed for our country and to help their friends. Robert is in the show and Mike Neff is in the show. The world is good.”

Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team were securely in the show so crew chief Jimmy Prock took the opportunity with improving conditions to swing for the fences. His efforts overpowered the track much to the disappointment of the two-time Mac Tools US Nationals winner. Hight will go into the final day of qualifying with a time of 4.196 seconds and in the provisional No. 9 position.

“We had a little malfunction and that messed us up. So many things have to go right in these Funny Cars. We are on the right track and when you look at the data we are really close to getting the kinds of runs we had in Bristol and Topeka where we won,” said Hight. “Jimmy and my guys are putting a great Mustang together for me and we are just a little bit off. The conditions were better tonight but they weren’t killer. Cruz (Pedregon) made a good run and Melanie (Troxel) stepped up but no one else really did anything spectacular. We have two shots tomorrow to get ready for race day and we are going to take advantage of both of them.”

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Robert Hight , Mike Neff
Tags force, ford, hight, indianapolis, neff