14-Time Champ Faces New Challenge
Strapped into a special edition Ford Mustang celebrating his team's 25 years with BP Lubricants and the Castrol brand, drag racing icon John Force hopes to turn silver into gold this year in his bid for an unprecedented 15th NHRA Funny Car championship.
Ashley Force Hood
Champ's Daughter Makes Her Own Way
She may be the daughter of drag racing icon John Force, but behind the wheel of her 310 mile-an-hour Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, one of the world's most powerful race cars, 27-year-old Ashley Force Hood has proved she has the game to match her name.
New Champ Aims to Double Up
Now that he finally has fulfilled his drag racing destiny, Robert "Top Gun" Hight is focused this year on becoming just the second Funny Car driver in the last 22 NHRA seasons to win back-to-back championships.
Fresh Start with Force
Mike Neff has excelled as both driver and crew chief in the NHRA Full Throttle Series. This year he is applying that versatility to a new and very special challenge.
Architect of a Dynasty
In an on-line poll conducted by nhra.com, almost 10,000 respondents were asked, simply, "who is the best crew chief (in the NHRA drag racing series)?" Not surprisingly, Austin Coil received seven of every ten votes cast (67.9 per cent).
Hall of Fame Crew Chief
Although he is one of only four crew chiefs to have won NHRA Championships in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions, Bernie Fedderly's real value lies in the organizational skills he now is applying to special projects at John Force Racing, Inc.
EA Student of High Performance
Dean "Guido" Antonelli, crew chief on the Castrol GTX® Ford Mustang in which Ashley Force Hood last year became the first woman to win the Funny Car title at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, was uniquely prepared for a career in drag racing.
Title Completes Resume
Jimmy Prock once was considered the best crew chief never to have won an NHRA championship. Now, the introspective 43-year-old with the go-for-the-jugular mentality may be the sport's best crew chief, period. At the very least, he is one of the best among the current crop of Austin Coil wannabes.
Rebel With a Cause
Now that Gary Densham has retired from his day job as an auto shop teacher, the designation of "world's fastest schoolteacher" could fall to 23-year-old Brittany Force, who may soon be splitting time between an elementary school classroom and the cockpit of the BrandSource A/Fuel dragster.
Winning is in the Genes
When your dad and your oldest sister keep setting records and re-writing drag racing history, following in their 17-inch wide tire tracks might seem like a very intimidating prospect.
Castrol GTX Nationals