Crain News Service report
DETROIT (Jan. 22, 2014) — John Force and the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Funny Car made the last run of the fourth annual NHRA PRO Winter Warm-Up last weekend and posted the quickest elapsed time of the day for the Funny Cars, a 4.013 second blast.
But for a couple hundred feet, it looked like he might not be the first to the finish line.
In the lane beside the 16-time Funny Car champion was 2013 Auto Club Rookie of the Year and Top Fuel driver Brittany Force. It was the first time these Forces have clashed—and a quirk in the ladder provided the opportunity for Mr. Force to race his second youngest daughter, completing the trifecta. Previously, he had raced daughters Ashley Force Hood and Courtney Force.
"I have raced all my daughters. I never knew if I would get a chance to race Brittany," Mr. Force said. "The pairings worked out so we could match up, and they asked if we would consider running together. I wouldn't race anybody else. I want to race my own teams at a deal like this. You want to put on a show for the fans. It was great."
"She said she couldn't see me when we pulled up to stage because she sits back in that dragster with the canopy," he continued. "We both flickered the bottom light trying to get shallow. I knew if she went [down the track under power], she would beat me. Even with that 4.01, or if I ran 3.98, if she ran a 3.80, she would have me.