By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary race car driver John Force will be receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio. He receive the Doctor of Laws Degree in January.
He will receive the special degree on January 10th, 2018. The special event will be held at 1:30 pm EST at the UNOH Events Center in Lima, Ohio.
The 16-time Funny Car champion will be presented his honorary degree from UNOH president Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis. He also has a 148 NHRA national event wins.
At the event, students, faculty, staff, and special guests will be in attendance.
“John Force is truly a wonderful role model and icon in the motorsports industry,” Jarvis said. “He is not only a championship driver, but he embraces a love for the future of the sport, which lies within many of our students today. John Force Racing has employed UNOH graduates for many years.
“It was an easy decision to honor a man that has had such a large impact in the racing industry, business community, and educational environment. We are thrilled to have John Force join the UNOH family.”
Force’s team has won 20 NHRA Championships, including two this past season with Brittany Force and Robert Hight. Since his first win in Montreal in 1987, he has won at least one win for 29 of the past 30 seasons.
The living legend was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama in 2012. He was inducted into the Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America in Novi, Michigan. In 1996, he was the first drag racer, according to the press release, to be recognized as the Driver of the Year in all of American motor racing.
“I’m really excited to be honored by the University of Northwestern Ohio,” Force said. “To be awarded an honorary doctorate, that’s pretty exciting. Heck, I only went to college until noon. On a serious note, I’m going to be a car doctor and my life has been drag racing and motorsports. It has always been safety and making sure my kids and all the other racers are safe.
“The fact that I’m taking my family, going to the University of Northwestern Ohio, and accepting this on behalf of my fans, my family, John Force Racing and all of my sponsors is really quite an honor. I don’t know how they do it but I’ll sure take it.”
This is the first degree that Force has received. Prior to the ceremony, he will tour the campus and meet with the students, staff, and faculty.
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