The first day of the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals is in the books. Traxxas and the John Force Racing team have two of their four drivers in the top half of the field going into Saturday’s qualifying session. However the various JFR crew chiefs had their hands full on Friday. They had to deal with lane changes and oil downs during Funny Car qualifying forcing them to make a number of last minute tuning changes.
Courtney Force lined up for her first pass in lane two at zMAX Raceway. She ended up having her hands full when her Traxxas Ford Mustang went up in tire smoke at half-track. The car made a couple severe turns but her quick reaction enabled her to throw the reins on her Mustang and bring it back to the trailer safe. The Traxxas Funny Car was lined up in the third lane for Courtney’s second qualifying pass.
When NHRA officials noticed an issue with the track in Courtney’s lane they shut it down, forcing the team to make a last minute lane change. Courtney was now set to run in lane four just behind fellow Rookie of the Year competitor Alexis Dejoria. After Alexis made a solid 4.139 pass, Courtney’s crew chief Ron Douglas smiled and a feeling of confidence swept over the entire team. That confidence transpired into the Traxxas Funny Car making a 4.151 second pass. Courtney did an excellent job of driving; her car was on the far right edge of the lane nearly the entire way of the track and Courtney kept it in the groove. At the conclusion of the second round of qualifying Courtney was provisionally qualified seventh.
As always, Traxxas is on site with our entire mobile support team and fans have been stopping by all weekend to be among the very first to see the new 1/8 replica NHRA Funny Cars; one for each driver of the John Force Racing team.
Don’t miss out on all the excitement! The racing continues through Sunday. Come bash a Slash on the dirt demo course, drive one of our 1/16 Rally cars on the carpet track, watch our professional RC drivers perform gravity defying stunts, and take a picture with the Traxxas Girls. While you’re there, pick up your copy of the new Traxxas Magazine.