BRITTANY FORCE CLOCKS 3.70 IN FINAL DAY OF TESTING
The final day of the 2019 Winter Testing Saturday left Top Fuel pilot Brittany Force with a confidence boost.
Force, who drives the Advance Auto Parts John Force Racing dragster, clocked a 3.70-second time at 321.27 mph, which was the quickest elapsed time in Top Fuel for the day at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.
Force, who finished fifth in the points standings a year ago, is working for the first time with her new crew chief David Grubnic. Grubnic helped guide Clay Millican to a third-place finish in the points a year ago.
“Testing went well for us,” Brittany said in a press release. “It was good to get out to a race track and get to be with my new team and get to know my new car,” said Force. “We got the information we were looking for and Grubnic seemed happy with our test week. I’m looking forward to getting out to Pomona, it's the first race of the season, it’s a home race and it will be exciting to show off this new Advance Auto Parts dragster to all the fans.”
Force’s next stop will be competing at the season-opening Winternationals Feb. 7-10 in Pomona, Calif.
On the Top Fuel side, reigning world champion Steve Torrence’s run of 3.689-second at 328.78 mph Thursday was the quickest lap for any car – dragster or Funny Car at the Winter Testing.
Brittany Force was second on the Top Fuel chart followed by Billy Torrence (3.731 seconds), rookie Jordan Vandergriff (3.731) and Mike Salinas (3.747).
The last day of testing was strong for JFR as the legend himself John Force had the quickest ET for nitro Funny Cars at 3.894 seconds at 331.61 mph. Force’s new team is led by crew chiefs by Brian Corradi and Dan Hood.
“I was on the phone with Courtney (Force) and she’s teaching me how to drive this car,” John said in a press release. “It’s a little different and the guys starting the car and how they do on the starting line, it’s all fun stuff. She has really helped me and I know she's missing it out here, especially her team but I'm happy she'll be at Pomona. She's helped me so I ran okay. We’ll be ready to go at Pomona.”
Force edged out Kalitta teammates Shawn Langdon (3.924) and reigning world champion J.R. Todd (3.931) who had the second and third-best elapsed Funny Cars times Saturday.
Robert Hight of the JFR stable had fastest elapsed time in the entire test session for nitro Funny Car with a 3.863-second elapsed time at 326.87 mph.
Hight drives the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car made his run on Feb. 1.
Hight’s run just edged out Todd’s 3.868-second lap at 324.36 mph also on Feb. 1. John Force’s run Saturday was the third quickest of the entire test session followed by Langdon (3.905).
“We’re feeling really good after four days of testing,” Hight said in a press release. “Jimmy and Chris (Cunningham) have this Auto Club Chevy figured out. We’re carrying over our momentum from last year,” said Hight. “We were testing some things, but Friday was a really good day for us. I’m excited to head to Pomona and get the 2019 season started.”