John Force Racing decision is looming for the rest of 2020

Update: John Force Racing will not compete at the Indy races and may not race again this season due to the coronavirus.

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

There are a lot of questions surrounding John Force Racing. And only John Force Racing can answer those questions.

There are a lot of rumors swirling on the Internet. However, none of it is true at this time — or will even be true in the near future.

John Force Racing Top Fuel Dragster pilot Brittany Force is the No. 1 qualifier in her category at the NHRA Arizona Nationals
Brittany Force is the No. 1 qualifier in her category at the NHRA Arizona Nationals (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

People are putting a lot of bogus information out there about the team. We’re not going to speculate on what’s going on with the team. They are going to answer all of our questions soon enough.

The legendary drag racing team is presently not on the entry list for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. Not the Funny Cars, not the Top Fuel Dragsters.

“The only heads up that I can give you is that we aren’t making any sort of announcement or commenting on any of the numerous rumors that are out there,” Sara Slaughter, John Force Racing spokeswoman, said on Monday afternoon around 2 pm EST.

This means that John Force, Robert Hight, Brittany Force, and Austin Prock may not race when the season resumes. The team will have to make their announcement on Monday, as it is the deadline to apply for the entry list for first race back.

The NHRA would have a glaring hole in their lineup if the 16-time Funny Car Champion and his team cannot answer the call following the coronavirus pandemic that has wrecked havoc on the sports world and the general public since March. NHRA national events have been on hold since the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida was cancelled — along with several other races.

Several revised schedules and lost races later, the NHRA is set to return with a specialty race in Indiana following several months away. The NHRA is planning to compete in front of at least 1,000 fans.

Also, they’re going to try to do an unbelievable stretch that includes nearly every weekend from August to November on the road.

If they cannot compete, it has been two years since John Force missed a race. But for his entire team to miss a race — if that will be the case — then this would be the second-time in team history that has happened.

The team did not compete in Houston following Eric Medlen’s death in 2007.

Force last missed a race at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at then Royal Purple Raceway (now it is called Houston Raceway Park) after he failed to qualify for the April 2018 race. That was the first-time he had missed a race since he failed to qualify for the NHRA Carolina Nationals race at zMAX Dragway on Sept. 13, 2008.

Monday will be a very telling day on the future of John Force Racing for the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. If they sit out the first two Indy specialty events, one has to wonder if they’ll sit out the entire 2020 season, as their team may have been hit with sponsorship cancellations and other issues from the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly all the full-time regulars are expected to compete in the first of two Indy Races. But we don’t know what is going to happen with John Force Racing.

Steve Torrence posted on social media that the Capco team, which includes his father Billy Torrence, said that they will be at the event. However, they are not on the entry list, as well.

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