Robert "Top Gun" Hight, driver of the Auto Club Ford Mustang and president of John Force Racing, has quietly established himself as the gold standard in a Funny Car division in which boss and teammate John Force still attracts most of the attention.
Hight has achieved something in his first seven pro seasons that no one, not Force, not Don Garlits, not Don Prudhomme, Kenny Bernstein or Tony Schumacher did before him. Since making his driving debut in 2005, Hight has never won fewer than two races in a season, has never failed to qualify No. 1 at least one time, and has never failed to drive his way to the top of the Full Throttle Funny Car driver standings. That's a triple that many drivers don't achieve in an entire career. Hight has done it seven straight years, which is why he and crew chief Jimmy Prock invariably find their way into every championship conversation.
Although he had no previous driving experience, the former world class marksman reached the winners' circle in just his fourth start at a rookie, capping the season by accepting the Auto Club's Road to the Future Award that designates the NHRA Rookie of the Year. He's never looked back. In seven seasons, he has started from the front 39 times, more often than anyone except Force (139), Bernstein (50) and Cruz Pedregon (45).
Since his driving career took off in 2005, Hight has won 23 races which is the 8th most all-time in the Funny Car category. In the seven-year stretch, no driver has won more Funny Car races on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
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