CHANDLER, Ariz. — Following an eventful opening to the 2018 season, John Force is looking forward to racing as usual at this weekend’s 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
The second event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, held just outside of Phoenix, Arizona from Feb. 23-25, will afford Force with a chance to reset following a huge explosion during the opening day of qualifying at the Pomona Winternationals.
“We had a rough weekend in Pomona. I am feeling fine from my deal on Friday and the bottom line is you can replace race cars, but you can’t replace a serious injury or a teammate,” reflected Force. “I have to thank Simpson and the Safety Safari. That safety equipment did its job on me and Brittany. I am looking forward to getting back into my race car in Phoenix. I have won a lot of races there. The season is just getting started and there are a lot more races to win.”
In his 33 appearances at the Phoenix event, the 16-time champion has never failed to qualify and has won the race eight times, nearly twice as many times as any other NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitor.
After a first-round exit at the Winternationals, Force is hoping the information they learned will put an end to the team’s rocky start.
“The teams are working hard right now. It is business as usual,” explained Force. “My car is struggling, but we are working on a couple things and we found some things out in Pomona that were part of the problem.”
“The guys I have working on my race car, (crew chiefs) Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch, are sharp guys — plus we have Jimmy Prock (crew chief for Robert Hight and the Auto Club Funny Car) helping all the teams. That Auto Club Chevrolet was one of the best cars on race day with Robert Hight.”
Force will add the Republic Services star to the rear window of his car in Phoenix this weekend.
Republic Services is the second largest waste disposal agency in the country, and a partner of PEAK and Old World Industries, the primary sponsor on Force’s Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.
CREDIT: John Force Racing