NHRA 15-time Funny Car Champion Driver and 17-time Champion Car Owner
HOMETOWN: Yorba Linda, Calif.
CAREER WINS: 134 FC: 134
CAREER BEST SPEED: 319.22
Team: John Force Racing
John Force's greatest career accomplishment was not his come-from-behind performance in winning the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car Championship at the age of 61; not his comeback from crippling injuries suffered in a 300 mile-an-hour crash at Dallas, Texas in 2007; nor even his leadership role in improving race car safety through the creation of The Eric Medlen Project.
By any measure, Force today is an American icon because of his single-minded determination to follow his dream – regardless of the obstacles. To compete at drag racing’s top levels, the Southern California native had to overcome childhood polio, poverty and rampant skepticism, even from within his own inner circle.
The fact that he has become the greatest champion in the history of straight-line racing, perhaps the greatest in all of motor racing, is just a bonus, one that will pay more dividends this May when he becomes a first ballot inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala. It’s success that no one, not even Force himself, could have anticipated.