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NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes
Friday, 10 Feb, 2012 – 9:45 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes

On her first day as a real-gosh-darn NHRA Funny Car driver, Courtney Force showed speed. And, she showed savvy.
Her 4.21 second/303.16 mph pass in the first round of qualifying for the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona was sixth fastest on the day. And it was just a blink slower than the one laid [...]

First Passes Of 2012 Are In Books
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 19:11 | Comments Off
First Passes Of 2012 Are In Books

The first round of qualifying in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series was held on Thursday and making the fastest passes were Morgan Lucas in Top Fuel, Jack Beckman in Funny Car and Mike Edwards in Pro Stock.
The first event of the season is the 52nd O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
Lucas’ [...]

NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 11:14 | Comments Off
NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The 2012 NHRA Full Thottle Drag Racing Series season gets under way today with the start of the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
New faces have arrived, old faces have disappeared and other old faces have re-appeared. The most diverse series in all of auto racing will [...]

It’s Big-Jump Time for Top Fueler al Balooshi
Wednesday, 8 Feb, 2012 – 12:37 | One Comment
It’s Big-Jump Time for Top Fueler al Balooshi

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Three years ago, when it was first suggested to Khalid alBalooshi that he should be sitting in a Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA by good friend and team-owner His Highness Sheik Khalid al Thani, it all ended with a laugh. The second time that suggestion was made, it ended [...]

Testing Of DSR’s Top Fuel Canopy Is Under Way
Thursday, 2 Feb, 2012 – 11:45 | 3 Comments
Testing Of DSR’s Top Fuel Canopy Is Under Way

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Top Fuel-car canopy being developed by Don Schumacher Racing will be at this weekend’s Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., but it will not be on the DSR cars. That’s unfortunate, driver Tony Schumacher said Wednesday.
“I want (it) to be in that car right away,” Schumacher said.
The canopy, designed to protect [...]

NHRA Names New Chief Starter
Wednesday, 1 Feb, 2012 – 15:03 | Comments Off
NHRA Names New Chief Starter

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Mark Lyle, long-time starter in NHRA’s Division 6 and a certified team member of the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA, has been named official NHRA Chief Starter, one of drag racing’s most storied positions. There have only been two chief starters in the sport’s 60-plus year history, Buster Couch (1955-1996) and Rick Stewart (1996-2011).
Beginning [...]

Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter
Wednesday, 1 Feb, 2012 – 8:42 | One Comment
Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing will chase the NHRA Funny Car world championship with a four-car Ford Mustang lineup in 2012, a season featuring Courtney Force’s highly anticipated nitro debut.
But team-owner John Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, says as many as two Top Fuel cars – driven by daughters Brittany [...]

Medlen Returns To JFR
Tuesday, 31 Jan, 2012 – 16:25 | Comments Off
Medlen Returns To JFR

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Former John Force Racing crew chief John Medlen said Tuesday that he will return to JFR in the new capacity of Director of Technology and Safety.
“I found out John Medlen became available over the weekend and I offered him a job to come back to work with us on safety,” team owner John Force said. [...]

John Force Says It’s ‘Game On’ For His ‘Baby Girl’
Wednesday, 11 Jan, 2012 – 11:12 | Comments Off
John Force Says It’s ‘Game On’ For His ‘Baby Girl’

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Force sounded exactly like a father when he was asked if he thought his 23-year-old daughter, Courtney, has what it takes to be competitive as a nitro-powered Funny Car driver.
“It’s important to her,” the 15-time NHRA champion said during a telephone conversation on Tuesday. “It’s all she thinks about. [...]

Courtney Force Moves Up To Nitro Funny Car
Tuesday, 10 Jan, 2012 – 16:31 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Moves Up To Nitro Funny Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing announced Tuesday that Courtney Force, youngest daughter of team owner John Force, will drive a fuel Funny Car for the team during the upcoming NHRA season.
She will drive a Ford Mustang tuned by veteran Ron Douglas. It will be sponsored by Traxxas, a Texas company which got [...]