Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ron Fellows Wins "Lysol 200" At Watkins Glen - June 25, 2000

June 25, 2000
Ron Fellows of Toronto led 35 of 82 laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series "Lysol 200" at Watkins Glen International for the second time in three years. Fellows beat another road-racer, Butch Leitzinger, by .901 seconds. Fellows, who started on the pole Sunday, won in 1998 and finished second the previous year.

Driving the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards/Joe Nemechek Chevrolet, Fellows led the last 10 laps and survived a one-lap, green-and-white flag dash to the finish after a caution. In last year's race, Fellows was passed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. under similar circumstances.

Fellows, who won $31,575, raced his purple-and-gold car to a double-digit car-length lead, and when David Green's spinout brought out the caution flag on lap 12, Fellows and most of the field went to the pits. Fellows then worked his way back up through the field, even passing cars that had stayed out on the track when he had pitted, and took over the top spot on lap 36.

Ron Hornaday, who took his final pit stop earlier than most, assumed the lead from laps 48 to 58 until being forced to the pits with a blown cylinder. After Fellows' second pit stop, he stood 20th with 35 laps to go.

"I was still confident, but you never know when you're that far back," said Fellows, who steadily moved through the field.

"I was concerned with one, not having enough time, and two, getting caught up in somebody else's mess. You have to be cautiously aggressive, and it worked out OK." 

Jimmy Florian Gives Ford It's First NASCAR Victory - June 25, 1950

June 25, 1950
Jimmy Florian
Jimmy Florian, the 27 year old mechanic from Cleveland, Ohio did what many thought was impossible. He beat Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, and Lee Petty in the 100-lap NASCAR Grand National event at Dayton Speedway in Daytona, Ohio, giving Ford its first win in the series.

With 35 laps to go, Florian passed Curtis Turner and had established a half-lap advantage by the time the race was over. Turner, Weatherly, and Petty quickly protested. They could not believe that they have been outrun by a flathead Ford. But at 4 A.M., after careful inspection, NASCAR officials declared the Ford was as stock as could be. The win was official.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Alabama Gang Member" Hut Stricklin Born - June 24, 1961

June 24, 1961
Waymond "Hut" Stricklin Jr.
Born in Calera, Alabama, USA.
He married Pam Allison, the daughter of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison after they were introduced by her cousin Davey. Stricklin was the last member of the Alabama Gang.

In 1987, Stricklin won NASCAR's Dash Series championship and made his debut in the Winston Cup Series. Two years later, he finished second to Dick Trickle in the NASCAR Rookie of the Year competition. He would go on to a NASCAR Cup Series career of 328 races run over 15 years.

"5-Time World Champ" Juan Fangio Born - June 24, 1911

June 24, 1911 – July 17, 1995
Juan Manuel Fangio
Born in Mar del la Plata, Argentina.
He won the World Championship of Drivers five times, a record which stood for 46 years until beaten by Michael Schumacher. He won it with four different teams, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati, a feat that has not been repeated. A member of the Formula 1 Hall of Fame, he is regarded by many as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time and holds the highest winning percentage in Formula One - 46.15% - winning 24 of 52 Formula One races he entered. Fangio is the only Argentine driver to have won the Argentine Grand Prix, having won it four times in his career, the most of any driver.

After retirement, Fangio presided as the honorary president of Mercedes-Benz Argentina from 1987, a year after the inauguration of his museum, until his death.

Juan Manuel Fangio died in Buenos Aires in 1995, at the age of 84; he was buried in his home town of Balcarce. His pall-bearers were his younger brother Ruben Renato ("Toto"), Stirling Moss, compatriot racers José Froilán González and Carlos Reutemann, Jackie Stewart and the president of Mercedes-Benz Argentina at the time. In 2011, on the centenary of his birth, Fangio was remembered around the world and various activities were held on the occasion of his birthday.

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Indy Veteran, Stunt Driver & Pilot" Bob Harkey Born - June 23, 1930

June 23, 1930 - January 16, 2016
Bob Harkey
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
He was a driver in the USAC Championship Car series from Charlotte, North Carolina. He raced in the 1963 to 1979 seasons, with 85 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1964, 1971 and 1973 to 1976. He finished in the top ten 23 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1964 at Trenton. Harkey’s specialty was qualifying on bump day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and those last-day exploits included starts of 27th, 32nd, 31st, 31st and 28th.

Harkey also raced in the inaugural race at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 10th in a NASCAR Convertible Series race.

Harkey's introduction to speed was fleeing the law on the North Carolina back roads in a car that was a decoy for moonshine runs. "I learned how to get a car sideways with trees on both sides of the road," said Harkey a few years ago during a weekly lunch with some old race drivers. "It was good experience."

Outside of racing, according to the Indianapolis Star, Harkey performed as an aerial stunt pilot and wing walker at county fairs and also was as a stunt man in movies. He was one of the drivers in “Winning,” starring Paul Newman. He served as a stunt driver for the Robert Mitchum movie "Thunder Road", and in the movie “Speedway” with Elvis Presley.

He also had a short stint as a Golden Gloves boxer, once fighting eventual heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson. For many years, Harkey, worked with Champion Spark Plug’s safety program.

On January 16, 2016, he died in Indianapolis at the age of 85.
Butch Wilkerson, Merle Bettenhausen, Bob Harkey and Eldon Rassmussen.

Bruce Jacobi Born In Salem, Indiana - June 23, 1935

June 23, 1935 - February 4, 1987
Bruce Jacobi
Born in Salem, Indiana, USA.
He grew up near the Salem Speedway and "got racing in his blood." He participated in both USAC and NASCAR competition. He had 37 USAC Champ Car starts between 1960 and 1970, with a best finish of fourth at Springfield in 1970. He qualified for the 1962 Indianapolis 500, but was "bumped" from the starting field by a faster qualifier. Jacobi also completed rookie refresher testing in preparation for the 1967 Indianapolis 500, but did not attempt to qualify.

He competed in twenty Winston Cup Series events in his career, spanning from 1975 to 1983. Most of those races came in 1975, when Jacobi finished 25th in points after his only three career top-tens. Those top-ten efforts were bested by an 8th at Talladega.

In 1987, Jacobi, 51, died of head injuries sustained in a NASCAR race crash at the Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 1983. Jacobi came to Speedweeks without a ride but picked one up with a smaller independent team by the time of the Twin 125 qualifiers. During the first qualifying race, he lost control of his No. 05 Pontiac at the exit of turn two and flipped upon entering the grass infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt bank. Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries from the crash and remained in a comatose state for almost four years before dying at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

One of Salem's "favorite sons," many of his racing memorabilia are kept at the Stevens Museum in Salem.

Alex Zanardi Scores First CART Victory At Portland - June 23, 1996

June 23, 1996
Alex Zanardi, driving a Target Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96I-Honda, scores his first CART victory, at Portland, Oregon.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vintage Racer Killed In High-Speed Crash At Mosport - June 22, 2008

June 22, 2008
Dino Crescentini was born in the Republic of San Marino but emigrated with his family to Michigan in the United States in the 1970s. In 1994 he participated in the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, competing the bobsleigh event representing San Marino. He was not related to the another driver with the same name, Dino Crescentini, the Californian SCCA racer.

He started motor racing in the late 1990s competing in historic sports car events. He was killed during the 29th International Vintage Racing Festival held at Mosport Park during the Group6 race. His Wolf Dallara WD1 Can-Am car became airborne at high speed on the Mario Andretti straight. The car flipped end-over-end several times before hitting the wall. Crescentini was taken to Bowmanville hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

The car once owned by Canadian industrialist and Formula One team owner Walter Wolf and driven in the 1977 Can-Am Series by the legendary Canadian Gilles Villeneuve.
Wolf Dallara Can-Am car driven by Gilles Villeneuve.

"Two-Time Indy 500 Winner" Dan Wheldon Born

June 22, 1978 - October 16, 2011
Dan Wheldon
Born in Emberton, England.
Daniel Clive Wheldon was the 2005 IndyCar Series champion and a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, having won the race in 2005 and 2011. He took up karting at the age of four with funding from his father. He progressed through the junior ranks of motor racing during his school years. Moving to the United States in 1999, he spent several years in lower open-wheeled circuits, such as the US F2000 National Championship, the Toyota Atlantic Championship, and Indy Lights.

Wheldon died of injuries sustained after a collision during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on October 16, 2011. He was involved in a 15-car accident on the 11th lap, in which his car flew approximately 325 feet into the catch fence cockpit-first and landed back on the racing surface after his head hit a pole lining the track. The carnage and ensuing debris led race officials to almost instantly throw a red flag. Wheldon was extricated from his car by the Holmatro Safety Team and their Las Vegas-based colleagues and was airlifted to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for his critical injuries. After interviewing the championship contenders, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed Wheldon's death in a statement to the press. He was 33 years old.

Coming soon; Dan Wheldon Tribute Page.

James Hunt Wins His First Grand Prix - June 22, 1975

June 22, 1975
James Hunt wins the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
(Photo; "James Hunt - Dutch GP 1976 crop mod" by https://commons.wikimedia)

It was the first GP win for Hunt and only GP win for Hesketh Racing. He finished fourth in the Championship that year, but Lord Hesketh had run out of funds and could not find a sponsor for his team. With little time left before the 1976 season, Hunt was desperately looking for a drive until Emerson Fittipaldi left McLaren and joined his brother's Copersucar-Fittipaldi outfit. With no other top drivers available, the team management signed Hunt to McLaren - in a deal brokered by Marlboro's John Hogan - for the next season on a $200,000 contract. Hunt immediately caused a stir by refusing to sign a clause in his contract which stipulated he wore suits to sponsor functions. Hunt wore T-shirt and jeans and was often barefoot for sponsor-led functions with world leaders, chairmen of businesses and media moguls.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lloyd Shaw Puts Jaguar On NASCAR Pole - June 21, 1953

June 21, 1953
In 1953, NASCAR opened up the Grand National race at Langhorne, Pennsylvania, to “foreign cars.” Lloyd Shaw from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, shocked everyone in qualifying, putting a Jaguar on the pole for the NASCAR stock car race at Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA. Shaw qualified at 82.2 mph in the thirty-eight car field. Sadly, Shaw couldn't back it up in the race, finishing 23rd.

The race was won by Dick Rathman in a Hudson, followed by Lee Petty and Jim Paschal in Dodge's. Herb Thomas was forth in his Fabulous Racing  Hudson.

"Dyson Racing Team Owner" Rob Dyson Born - June 21, 1946

June 21, 1946
Rob Dyson
(Photo;"Rob dyson crop" by Spyder Monkey - Own work)
Rob Dyson is a retired American sports car racing driver and current team owner. Dyson began competing in amateur SCCA competition in 1974 and began racing professionally in IMSA GTO and the Trans-Am Series in 1982. In 1985 be purchased a Porsche 962 from Bruce Leven and began racing in IMSA GTP.

In 1995 his team was the first to run the new Riley & Scott Mk III, refusing to run the Ferrari 333 SP, as he felt it would make the World Sportscar Championship a "spec series" if all major teams were running the car. Rob and his team with its R&S Mk III won the 1997 24 Hours of Daytona with an "all star" squad of seven drivers including sports car legends James Weaver, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, and Butch Leitzinger.

The Dyson team again won the race in 1999, this time without Rob Dyson as one of the drivers. The team later purchased Lola chassis and began racing in the American Le Mans Series, where it currently competes. Dyson retired from full-time racing in 2003 but continued to drive part-time until 2007. Rob's son Chris Dyson currently drives for the team.

Phil Parsons Born In Detroit, Michigan - June 21, 1957

June 21, 1957
Phil Parsons
Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Parsons is a former NASCAR driver and owner of Phil Parsons Racing. He is also the younger brother of the late 1973 Winston Cup champion and former NBC/TNT commentator Benny Parsons.

During his racing career, he also embarked on a career as a racing TV commentator, providing color analysis for the Mizlou Television Network. Many of these shows can be seen on TV4U.Com. He is now a commentator for Fox Sports 1's coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He can also be heard as commentator for the DirecTV NASCAR Hot Pass during Sprint Cup races.

He was the starter waving the green flag for the 2007 Daytona 500. In 2008, he along with his wife Marcia became part owners of a new Nationwide Series team, MSRP Motorsports.

John Cannon Born In London, England - June 21, 1933

June 21, 1933 - October 18, 1999
 John Cannon 
Born in London, England.
A sports car racer who competed under the banner of Canada, he raced in the USRRC series, the Can Am Series and the L&M Continental Series (Formula 5000).

In the USRRC he drove for Nickey Chevrolet in a Dan Blocker, of Bonanza fame, sponsored Genie/Vinegaroon

(Photo: / ProRallyPix via photopin cc)
1965 Huffaker Genie Mk. 10
Tom Stephani drove this historic racer at the 2009 Pacific Northwest Historics. This is Dan Blocker's Nikcy-Vinegaroon. John Cannon drove this car to a win in the 1966 Las Vegas USRRC race.

In the first year of the Can Am he was the top finishing Canadian propelled by a fourth place finish in the opening event at his home course, St Jovite. John duplicated that accomplishment in 1968 propelled by a famous win over the dominant McLaren team in a very wet race at Laguna Seca. In a three-year-old car, John lapped the entire field including the mighty Team McLaren of Denny Hume and Bruce McLaren. He also attained top Canadian status in 1973.

Cannon also ran in the Continental Series (Formula 5000). In 1969 he drove a F5000 Eagle for Malcolm Starr and won races at Riverside, Sears-Point and Mosport. In 1970 Starr Racing was merged into Hogan-Starr Racing Ltd, with team owners St Louis trucking magnate Carl Hogan and Malcolm Starr. Driving a McLaren M-10B (with an Al Bartz Chevrolet 302 engine), prepared by Tom Jobe and Bob Skinner (of drag racing "The Surfers" fame) Cannon won races at Riverside, Kent, Washington and Elkhart Lake, easily winning the L&M Continental Championship.

Cannon participated in one World Championship Formula One Grand Prix, on October 3, 1971 in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. He finished 14th, thus he scored no championship points. He also participated in one non-Championship Formula One race, the Questor Grand Prix, finishing up in 12th.

Cannon also made 15 starts in the USAC Championship Car series while driving on a part-time basis from 1968 to 1974. His best finish was 2nd place in the second race at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in 1968. He also finished a career best 27th in series points that year. He also attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1970 and 1974 but failed to make the race both years.

He was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1993. His son Michael has built a career as a race engineer. During the 2006 season at Forsythe Racing in the Champ Car World Series he was race engineer for A. J. Allmendinger.

Ever active, John died in New Mexico, USA, from injuries received in the crash of an experimental aircraft.

Scott Kalitta Dies In Crash At Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals - June 21, 2008

February 18, 1962 - June 21, 2008
Scott Kalitta
Born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, USA.
He was the son of veteran NHRA driver and crew chief Connie Kalitta, and cousin of teammate Doug Kalitta. Scott competed in the Funny Car and Top Fuel classes in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. He had 17 career Top Fuel wins and 1 career Funny Car win, and at his death he was one of fourteen drivers to win in both divisions.

On June 21, 2008, Kalitta was fatally injured during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Kalitta's Funny Car was traveling at about 300 mph when the engine exploded in flames near the finish line. The parachutes were damaged and failed to slow the vehicle.
According to the New Jersey State Police official news release evidence discovered in Kalitta’s lane revealed that he had applied mechanical braking and maintained steering control of the vehicle throughout the 2235-foot-long “shutdown” portion of the racetrack. Post-crash examination of the vehicle further revealed the clutch system to be locked, maintaining engine power to the rear wheels. Witnesses and audio recordings reveal the vehicle’s engine was firing throughout the shutdown portion of the racetrack, which further reinforced the fact that the vehicle’s engine was still providing power for some period of time. Kalitta's vehicle reached the end of the paved race track and went through a sand trap at around 125 mph. The vehicle went over the concrete retaining wall. The vehicle continued forward and impacted a piece of heavy equipment, which was positioned outside the “run-off” area by the ESPN television crew.

This impact caused catastrophic damage to the vehicle and additional separation of chassis components and the vehicle’s engine. The largest portion of the race vehicle came to rest in a grassy area 250' south of the shutdown area. Scott Kalitta was contained in this portion of the race vehicle and had sustained fatal blunt force injuries. A review of information provided by Delphi, which was recorded by accelerometers, mounted to the Kalitta vehicle revealed multiple impacts producing over 100G, with some approaching or exceeding 200G. He was transported to the Old Bridge Division of Raritan Bay Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival.

He made his home in Snead Island, Florida, with wife, Kathy and two sons, Colin and Corey.
Connie Kalitta celebrates with his grandsons Colin and Corey

For more: "Remembering" Scott Kalitta

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Petty Racing Clan Member" Ritchie Petty Born - June 20, 1968

June 20, 1968
Ritchie Petty
Born in Randleman, North Carolina, USA.
He is the son of Maurice Petty and nephew of Richard Petty. A former ARCA Racing Series driver, he competed in three NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in 1993 and one race in 1994 in the #53 Ford owned by his father. His best career Cup finish was a 25th at Talladega.
The Petty racing clan; (From left, front) Timmy and his son Ory, (middle) Richard, Maurice and Mark, (back) Kyle, Ritchie, Lee, Austin and Adam.

"4-Time NASCAR Truck Series Champ" Ron Hornaday Jr. Born - June 20, 1958

June 20, 1958
Ron Hornaday Jr.
Born in Palmdale, California, USA.
Hornaday is a four-time champion in the Camping World Truck Series, the 1997, 2005 Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver, and the all time wins leader in series history with 51. He was a long-time driver in NASCAR's Winston West Series, and is a Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion. He was the 2000 Busch Series Most Popular Driver. On May 24, 2017, Hornaday was named in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Hornaday began racing in go-karts and motorcycles early in his career. Eventually, he moved up to race stock cars at Saugus Speedway. In 1992, he won his first championship in the Southwest Series as well as winning the Most Popular Driver award. He won the Southwest championship the next year as well, becoming the only driver to do so in series history until Jim Pettit won back to back titles in 2004-2005.

He was noticed by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2. He made his Winston Cup debut in 1992 at the Save Mart 300K, where he started seventeenth but finished 32nd in Bob Fisher's No. 92 Chevrolet. He ran a total of 46 Cup races over a period of 11 years.

He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, and son of the late Ron Hornaday Sr., a two-time Winston West Champion. He is currently a dirt Modified chassis builder, owning Hornaday Race Cars.

"2016 NHRA Funny Car Champ" Ron Capps Born - June 20, 1965

June 20, 1965
Ron Capps
Born in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.
He is a NHRA Funny Car racer who drives the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger. Since he began driving funny cars, Capps has earned 52 NHRA national event wins and won his first NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car championship in 2016.

Capps drove for Don Prudhomme, who recruited him from Top Fuel dragsters, and later for Don Schumacher, winning twenty NHRA Funny Car national events and three Skoal Showdowns, coming second in the NHRA title race three times, twice behind John Force, once trailing teammate Gary Scelzi.

His best career elapsed time is 3.885 seconds on November 15, 2015 in Pomona, CA. His best career speed is 327.19 mph (526.56 km/h) on September 26, 2015 in St. Louis, MO.

Luigi Fagioli "The Abruzzi Robber" Dies From Crash Injuries - June 20, 1952

June 9, 1898 – June 20, 1952
Luigi Fagioli
Born in Osimo, Ancona, Italy.
Nicknamed "the Abruzzi robber", he is currently the oldest driver to win a race in Formula One.

For 1952, Fagioli signed with Lancia to drive sports cars. Shortly after, while practicing for the Monaco Grand Prix, he had what appeared to be a minor crash: however, his internal injuries were such that he died in hospital three weeks later.

Luigi Fagioli ranks as one of Italy's greatest race car drivers, and has the second-highest percentage of podium finishes in the Formula One World Championship (85.71%), after "one-time wonder" Dorino Serafini.

(Photo;"L Fagioli" by Original uploader was Giorgio Gentili at it.wikipedia )
Luigi Fagioli statue in Osimo.

George Lynch Born In Miles City, Montana - June 20, 1918

June 20, 1918 - May 6, 1997
George Lynch
Born in Miles City, Montana, USA.
Enduring a rough childhood that saw his parents divorce, he was reared by his paternal grandmother in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, where Lynch bought a used open-wheel race car for $100 and began racing, even before obtaining his civilian driver's license.

Lynch's racing career spanned three decades, from 1935 through 1957. He completed over 300 races, primarily in open-wheel midget and sprint cars on small tracks primarily in the Midwestern United States. Lynch won few of his races but, in his own words, "pushed a lot of guys over the finish line." His aggressive driving style, characterized by bumping slower cars, earned him nicknames such as "Leadfoot Lynch" and "Red Devil."

The highlight of Lynch's career was his participation in the 1949 Indianapolis 500. He qualified in eighth position with a speed of 127.820 mph. He crashed into the wall on the first turn of the second lap and held the record for the shortest completed lap at Indy until 1964. Footage of Lynch's crash, along with other action from that race, was used in the 1949 motion picture The Big Wheel starring Mickey Rooney and Spring Byington.

After a failed attempt to qualify for the 1950 Indianapolis 500, Lynch continued racing in sprint and midget cars throughout the country, eventually bringing him to California. He participated in the 1951 Mexican Road Race (later Baja 1000) which was chronicled in the movie La Carrera Panamericana. He also participating in the newly formed National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, now known as NASCAR. Lynch officially retired from auto racing in 1957.

Lynch spent his remaining years in southern California as an auto mechanic, fisherman, and ambassador of auto racing. Lynch died in Los Angeles on May 7, 1997 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Courtney Force Born In Yorba Linda, California - June 20, 1988

June 20, 1988
Courtney Force-Rahal
(Photo;Women Fitness)
 Born in Yorba Linda, California.
She currently drives in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for John Force Racing. She is the youngest daughter of 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion John Force and his wife Laurie.
Brittany, Ashley, John and Courtney Force

Courtney has two older sisters, Ashley and Brittany. Courtney Force was featured with her family on A&E's reality show Driving Force. She also has an older half-sister, Adria. Force attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA, where she was a cheerleader. In 2009, she participated in the Ford Fiesta movement and won the Internet's most popular agent award. She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton having majored in Communications.

On July 19, 2009, Courtney won her first national event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category at the 22nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington. After her sister Ashley Force Hood announced her retirement from competitive racing, Courtney became the fourth driver for John Force Racing. On July 27, 2014 Courtney passed her sister for the record of most Funny Car wins by a female driver in NHRA history.

Force earned her NHRA competition drivers license in 2005 and her Alcohol-Fuel license in 2008. She began racing in Super Comp before graduating to Top Alcohol Dragster (TA/D), along with her sister Brittany, in 2008. She reached the final round twice in 2009, at Seattle and Pomona, picking up the victory in Seattle. Force has raced her sister Brittany on three occasions, beating her every time. She recorded a career best reaction time of .006 in the final event of 2009 at Pomona raceway.

Force's primary sponsor throughout her Super Comp career and first year of Top Alcohol Dragster was Brandsource. In 2009, Force picked up sponsorship by Sanyo, as well as Ford.

During the 2011 season, Force tested a Funny Car and earned her NHRA Funny Car license.

On January 10, 2012, it was announced that Traxxas would be the primary sponsor of Force's rookie season.

Force made her Funny Car debut at the 52nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. She qualified 12th with a 4.199 ET at 307.44 mph. In the first round of eliminations, she defeated Bob Tasca III after running a 4.204 ET at 309.27 mph. In the second round, she lost to teammate Mike Neff despite running a career best 4.143 ET at 313.88 mph.

During the second race of the season, the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, she took out her father in the first round.

On 5 August 2012, Force won her first FC race, by defeating Matt Hagan in the final round of The Northwest Nationals, at Seattle, Washington. She became the third woman to win in FC.[citation needed] Her older sister Ashley was the first, and Melanie Troxel second.[citation needed] Shirley Muldowney, won the IHRA Southern Nationals in 1971 driving a FC. At the banquet honoring the champions for 2012, Force walked away with the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as Rookie of the Year.

To kick off the 2013 season, Force qualified in the number 1 position for the O'Reily Auto Parts Winternationals, becoming the first woman to do so. She would also go on to be the first female Funny Car driver to win that event, beating Ron Capps in the final.

At Kansas in 2014, Force achieved the 100th win by a female driver in NHRA by defeating Cruz Pedregon in the Funny Car final.
She is married to IndyCar racer Graham Rahal, who is the son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal.
John Force:
 The Straight Story of Drag Racing's 300-mph Superstar
By Erik Arneson

Monday, June 19, 2017

Michael Schumacher Wins Controversial US Grand Prix - June 19, 2005

June 19, 2005
The 2005 United States Grand Prix was one of the most controversial Formula One motor races in modern history. Out of 20 cars entered for the race, only the six cars from the teams using Bridgestone tyres (Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi) competed. The remaining fourteen entrants including Canada's Jacques Villeneuve, all using Michelin tyres, completed the parade lap (thus having technically taken part in the race, avoiding punishment), but retired to the pits before the race started. Following several tyre failures before the race, Michelin advised its seven customer teams that without a reduction in speed in Turn 13, the tyres provided for the race would only be safe for 10 laps. The situation was worsened by the 2005 Formula One rules, which forbade tyre changes during the race; and also by a resurfacing of the circuit, which resulted in greater tyre wear. Of the six competitors, Ferrari's Michael Schumacher was the eventual winner, with his teammate Rubens Barrichello finishing second.