John Force struggled early-on, both financially and professionally, racing in a belief shared by virtually no one else that one day he could become champion. In fact, Force was winless in his first 10 seasons on the NHRA tour. Not only that, he came up second best the first nine times he took a Funny Car to a final round before finally breaking through on June 28, 1987 when he and a team led by crew chief Austin Coil beat Ed “the Ace” McCulloch to win the Grandational at Montreal, Canada. Force was 38 years old.

Partnered with Coil, Force began to build what would become an American sports dynasty. He would go on to win two outright championships with Coil (1990-91) and 12 more with Coil and Bernie Fedderly, who came on board as co-crew chief in 1992.

With Mike Neff making the mechanical decisions in 2010, he won his first title in the NHRA’s Countdown Era and, three years later, he won again with Jimmy Prock assessing the performance data. He’s also won NHRA tour events with Dean Antonelli, Jon Schaffer and the crew chief tandem of Brian Corradi and Dan Hood.

Force has been the lone constant, along the way starring in his own TV show (“Driving Force” which aired on A&E Network in 2006 and 2007); becoming the first drag racer to earn Driver of the Year recognition for all American motor racing (1996); being voted No. 2 racer behind only Don Garlits in the NHRA’s first 50 years; and being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, Florida (2008), the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame in Fort Worth (2011), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama, (2012), the California Sports Hall of Fame in Alta Loma (2017) and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2019).

In 2005, he traveled to London, England, to accept the John Bolster Award for lifetime achievement, and in 2008 he was presented the MSEC Motorsports Achievement Award by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) for his work in improving race car safety following the death of Eric Medlen.

Now, Force is bidding to extend his record number of Top 10 finishes and the record number of different seasons in which he has hoisted at least one of the NHRA’s distinctive Wally trophies. He’ll be trying to improve on the perfection of a career in which he has won more races, appeared in more finals, been the No. 1 qualifier more often and won more racing rounds than anyone else in history.

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Daniel Hood

Daniel Hood

Hometown: Lisle, IL
Daniel grew up racing with his dad. He enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his wife and two little boys.
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Tim Fabrisi

Tim Fabrisi

Hometown: Naugatuck, CT
Tim proudly served as a SGT in the US Marine Corps and started working on an Alcohol Dragster in 1997, Pro Mod in 2004 and nitro Funny Car in 2008 where he won a Championship with John Force in 2010. His hobbies are shooting, boating, camping and spending time with his family. He’s married to Alicia with 3 little girls (one is an angel watching over them, Skylar Grace) has two furry kids and is proud to work at JFR.
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Brandon Hazelton

Brandon Hazelton

Hometown: Elmer, NJ
Brandon has been working for John Force Racing since 2012. He is here to win and do his job.
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Jay Carter

Jay Carter

Hometown: Dayton, OH
Jay has been involved in racing since he was 19 and has worked on various professional NHRA teams including Pedregon Racing, Terry McMillen Racing and Maroney Racing. In his spare time he enjoys hiking.
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Trace Coe

Trace Coe

Hometown: Mineral Wells, TX
At age 15, Trace built and raced a 1988 Mustang that led to other cars upwards of 1,500 horsepower. He previously worked for Kalitta Motorsports and Cruz Pedregon Racing. Racing is life!
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Mark Freidenfelt

Mark Freidenfelt

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Mark started working for JFR on Courtney Force’s Funny Car her rookie season and has been here ever since. He enjoys building and riding Harley Davidson’s in his free time.
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Chris Kelley

Chris Kelley

Hometown: Galesburg, IL
Chris grew up around this sport, helping his father with his dragster and watching NHRA drag racing on TV and attending events. He enjoys watching live sports, spending time with family and all motorports.
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Sterling Van Dusen

Sterling Van Dusen

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Sterling has been involved in drag racing on and off for most of his life. Growing up near Orange County International Raceway, racing was always a part of his life. In his spare time he enjoys reading.
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Cody Yeager

Cody Yeager

Hometown: Lakewood, CO
He grew up racing with his family and previously worked at Terry McMillen Racing. In his spare time he likes fishing, camping and outdoor activities.
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Lanny Miglizzi

Lanny Miglizzi

Hometown: San Dimas, CA
Lanny grew up racing with his dad who started L&T Clutches in 1980. Around 1982 he went drag racing full time as he needed to learn the race track in order to help their clutch customers. He’s still learning everyday.
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Eric Frampton

Eric Frampton

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Eric got his start in drag racing shortly after he got out of the Navy and worked on dirt modified cars for a few years while working evenings as a Diesel mechanic at the Kenworth shop in town. He met a guy who helped get him hired in drag racing doing the Mopar Performance tech trailer at the races which led into working with John Force and the team. He moved into the Castrol midway trailer in 2006 and then eventually moved to JFR Race Support. His hobbies include desert racing his dirt bike and driving his pro street car.
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Daniel Hood

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Daniel Hood

Hometown: Lisle, IL
Daniel grew up racing with his dad. He enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his wife and two little boys.
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Tim Fabrisi

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Tim Fabrisi

Hometown: Naugatuck, CT
Tim proudly served as a SGT in the US Marine Corps and started working on an Alcohol Dragster in 1997, Pro Mod in 2004 and nitro Funny Car in 2008 where he won a Championship with John Force in 2010. His hobbies are shooting, boating, camping and spending time with his family. He’s married to Alicia with 3 little girls (one is an angel watching over them, Skylar Grace) has two furry kids and is proud to work at JFR.
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Brandon Hazelton

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Brandon Hazelton

Hometown: Elmer, NJ
Brandon has been working for John Force Racing since 2012. He is here to win and do his job.
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Jay Carter

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Jay Carter

Hometown: Dayton, OH
Jay has been involved in racing since he was 19 and has worked on various professional NHRA teams including Pedregon Racing, Terry McMillen Racing and Maroney Racing. In his spare time he enjoys hiking.
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Trace Coe

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Trace Coe

Hometown: Mineral Wells, TX
At age 15, Trace built and raced a 1988 Mustang that led to other cars upwards of 1,500 horsepower. He previously worked for Kalitta Motorsports and Cruz Pedregon Racing. Racing is life!
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Mark Freidenfelt

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Mark Freidenfelt

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Mark started working for JFR on Courtney Force’s Funny Car her rookie season and has been here ever since. He enjoys building and riding Harley Davidson’s in his free time.
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Chris Kelley

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Chris Kelley

Hometown: Galesburg, IL
Chris grew up around this sport, helping his father with his dragster and watching NHRA drag racing on TV and attending events. He enjoys watching live sports, spending time with family and all motorports.
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Sterling Van Dusen

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Sterling Van Dusen

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Sterling has been involved in drag racing on and off for most of his life. Growing up near Orange County International Raceway, racing was always a part of his life. In his spare time he enjoys reading.
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Cody Yeager

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Cody Yeager

Hometown: Lakewood, CO
He grew up racing with his family and previously worked at Terry McMillen Racing. In his spare time he likes fishing, camping and outdoor activities.
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Lanny Miglizzi

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Lanny Miglizzi

Hometown: San Dimas, CA
Lanny grew up racing with his dad who started L&T Clutches in 1980. Around 1982 he went drag racing full time as he needed to learn the race track in order to help their clutch customers. He’s still learning everyday.
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Eric Frampton

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Eric Frampton

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Eric got his start in drag racing shortly after he got out of the Navy and worked on dirt modified cars for a few years while working evenings as a Diesel mechanic at the Kenworth shop in town. He met a guy who helped get him hired in drag racing doing the Mopar Performance tech trailer at the races which led into working with John Force and the team. He moved into the Castrol midway trailer in 2006 and then eventually moved to JFR Race Support. His hobbies include desert racing his dirt bike and driving his pro street car.