Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown
John Force will go for Funny Car championship No. 17 without crew chief Jimmy Prock. (File photo courtesy of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
NHRA Funny Car icon John Force accepted the resignation of crew chief Jimmy Prock on Wednesday, accelerating an exit process Prock was targeting for the end of the Countdown to the Championship next month.
The 16-time/reigning Funny Car world champion, Force currently is No. 2 in the Mello Yello title standings, 36 points behind 2011 world champion Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing with two playoff races remaining.
“Yesterday Jimmy Prock told me he was resigning at end of the season and John Force Racing chose to accept his resignation as of today,” Force, the team’s CEO, said during a national teleconference. “I started hearing rumors after the St. Louis race (on Sept. 28). I understand people have to do what they need to for their families.
“I got a call from a team owner this week as a courtesy so I would know that some of my employees were addressing him and looking for jobs now. I told the team owner that I understand this business and they needed to do what they needed to do and I hung up. I was surprised, though, that this was going on during the Countdown – but business is business.”
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