John Force Racing Testing in Las Vegas
John Force Racing had a successful day of testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Most notably Ashley Force Hood renewed her NHRA Funny Car license driving Courtney Force’s Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car. She made four passes posting times of 4.11, 4.04, 4.01 and 4.05 seconds. There is no timetable or schedule for Force Hood to return to full-time or part-time racing. The goal of the test session was not just to renew Force Hood’s license but to also provide the 18-time Funny Car championship team with an in-house experienced driver in the event a current driver was unable to participate in an NHRA national event. “The hardest part was when I was starting out my team was brand new so we were all kind of messing up and learning together. Getting in this Funny Car all these guys are established and have a routine with Courtney. The spotlight will be on me if I mess up. I just wanted to do everything right and not mess them up or mess the car up,” said Force Hood, a two-time U.S. Nationals Funny Car winner. “It was weird to be in Courtney’s seat and get tips from her. My husband, Dan (Hood) the last few weeks has been walking me through the routine. He was letting me know what was different. For the most part it is not that much different from when I drove. I know when I got done with the burnout I went over all my routine about three times because the reverse and the fuel are close together and I was just so scared I was going to grab the wrong one. You just don’t want to make one little mistake that will ruin the whole run.” In between test runs The Travel Channel’s Extreme RV television show was on-site filming a show on the new John Force Racing media center and lounge. The show interviewed all the drivers as well as Laurie Force on the new addition to the JFR pit area. The new 53 foot trailer features a small bedroom with play area, two bathrooms, lounge with kitchen area, and a media center with multiple TVs and workstations for JFR marketing and PR staff as well as invited media. The next stop for John Force Racing & Traxxas will be The Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte NC April 11-12. This spectacular four-wide event at the "Bellagio of dragstrips". Take a test drive on the Traxxas Try-Me Track, visit the Traxxas display, have your picture taken with the Traxxas Girls, and check out big-air demos as we showcase the power and durability of our high-performance radio controlled models.