Growing up, Robert Hight had always had an aptitude for mechanics. When he was 16, he restored a Plymouth Belvedere that would serve as his transportation to Sacramento where he earned degrees in business and accounting while moonlighting at Tognotti’s Speed Shop. After college, Hight got a job working on a Top Fuel dragster driven by Del Worsham which led to an opportunity at John Force Racing. After reluctantly passing on the job, Hight got a second shot in 1995 and, this time, didn’t let it get away. He took over as the clutch technician on John Force’s Funny Car and celebrated in the winner’s circle his first weekend on the job. Force would go on to win the championship that year, the first of eight with Hight as his clutch tech.

In 2004 Hight attended Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and subsequently became JFR’s test driver. And in 2005, Hight climbed into the cockpit of the Auto Club Funny Car has since become one of the sports’ most accomplished drivers. A winner in just his fourth professional race (the 2005 NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston, Texas), Hight has won at least once in every one of his 17 full pro seasons, has never finished outside the Top 10 and has never failed to start at least one race from the No. 1 qualifying position.

Much of his success can be traced back to his pairing with crew chief Jimmy Prock. Hight began his career with Prock back in 2005 when he won the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award as the NHRA Rookie of the Year. The two won a championship together in 2009 and, after a brief separation, were re-united during the 2017 season.

Hight not only won the 2017 championship, sharing the podium with JFR teammate Brittany Force, who won the Top Fuel title, he also set national records at 3.793 seconds and 339.87 miles per hour, the latter not only the fastest speed in Funny Car history but the fastest in the history of the entire sport.

In the 2019, Hight dominated the Funny Car class in what ended in a career-best season. Continuing to be led by crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham, Hight and the Auto Club Chevy team commanded the points lead through 18 consecutive events, secured the regular season championship, powered to six wins and collected eight No. 1 qualifiers. At the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Hight ended the season on a high note, just as he started it, and took home the ultimate prize, the 2019 Funny Car world championship title.

After sitting out the 2020 season, Hight and the Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS team ended their 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series campaign in eighth adding two wins and two No. 1 qualifying positions to his resume.

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JimmyProck

Jimmy Prock

Jimmy Prock

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Jimmy started racing with his dad in 1977 and enjoys working with his kids and spending time with his wife Jill and their 3 dogs and cat. He is also a huge Red Wings fan.
ChrisCunningham

Chris Cunningham

Chris Cunningham

Hometown: Hollywood, FL
Chris’s hobbies include golf, going to the Caribbean, riding Harley Davidson’s and spending time with his wife Sheila and daughter Lacey.
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Nate Hildahl

Nate Hildahl

Hometown: Northfield, MN
Nate has been with John Force Racing since 2013 and has won 2 NHRA Championships with our team. In his spare time he enjoys going to concerts, working on his own cars and spending time with his wife Jennifer.
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Joe Diasio

Joe Diasio

Hometown: Parma, OH
Joe spent 2 years at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for Auto Tech, 2 years at Ohio Technical College and got his start in drag racing working with close friend Brian Corradi. His hobbies include drifting, video gaming and going to the gym, and he considers himself a foodie.
TrevorHuff

Trevor Huff

Trevor Huff

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA is Trevor’s favorite race track because it is close to home so his family is usually able to attend. In his free time he enjoys watching football and playing his guitar.
Scott

Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter

Hometown: Walled Lake, MI
Scott got his start in circle track racing where he met Jimmy Prock, who got him hooked on NHRA drag racing. He won the 2013 championship with John Force’s team and has also worked on Austin, Brittany and Courtney’s cars over the years.
BobbyLane

Bobby Lane Jr.

Bobby Lane Jr.

Hometown: Gahanna, OH
Bobby started racing in 2008 with Jim Head. After 6 seasons he moved to Indiana and started at JFR where he worked on John’s car for a year and Robert’s for two. He decided to go race A-Fuel racing with his girlfriend Krista Baldwin, but after a year away decided to come back. In his spare time he likes working on Krista’s A-Fuel dragster and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys reloading ammunition, shooting guns and building things with his hands.
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Corey Melton

Corey Melton

Hometown: Scottsville, KY
His first introduction to drag racing came from his grandfather who was always watching the races on Sunday. He was a John Force fan up until the day he passed away. From there, Corey would go to Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green and watch the Super Comp cars and a few Division 3 NHRA races. His first national event came in 2017 and he fell in love with the sport even more.
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Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson

Hometown: Beaumont, CA
Tyler got his start in racing at just 5 years old! He grew up around nostalgia cars and has worked for the nostalgia Rocketeer funny car and Tasca Racing.
MichaelRiggs

Michael Riggs

Michael Riggs

Hometown: Lancaster, OH
Michael got his start in racing just by watching it on television and knew that’s what he wanted to do. He graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio with an Associate Degree in High Performance Automotive. In his free time, he likes to build hot rods.
Jacob

Jacob Wright

Jacob Wright

Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Jacob’s interests include shooting and cars.

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JimmyProck

Jimmy Prock

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Jimmy Prock

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Jimmy started racing with his dad in 1977 and enjoys working with his kids and spending time with his wife Jill and their 3 dogs and cat. He is also a huge Red Wings fan.
ChrisCunningham

Chris Cunningham

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Chris Cunningham

Hometown: Hollywood, FL
Chris’s hobbies include golf, going to the Caribbean, riding Harley Davidson’s and spending time with his wife Sheila and daughter Lacey.
NathanHildahl

Nate Hildahl

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Nate Hildahl

Hometown: Northfield, MN
Nate has been with John Force Racing since 2013 and has won 2 NHRA Championships with our team. In his spare time he enjoys going to concerts, working on his own cars and spending time with his wife Jennifer.
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Joe Diasio

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Joe Diasio

Hometown: Parma, OH
Joe spent 2 years at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for Auto Tech, 2 years at Ohio Technical College and got his start in drag racing working with close friend Brian Corradi. His hobbies include drifting, video gaming and going to the gym, and he considers himself a foodie.
TrevorHuff

Trevor Huff

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Trevor Huff

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA is Trevor’s favorite race track because it is close to home so his family is usually able to attend. In his free time he enjoys watching football and playing his guitar.
Scott

Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter

Hometown: Walled Lake, MI
Scott got his start in circle track racing where he met Jimmy Prock, who got him hooked on NHRA drag racing. He won the 2013 championship with John Force’s team and has also worked on Austin, Brittany and Courtney’s cars over the years.
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Bobby Lane Jr.

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Bobby Lane Jr.

Hometown: Gahanna, OH
Bobby started racing in 2008 with Jim Head. After 6 seasons he moved to Indiana and started at JFR where he worked on John’s car for a year and Robert’s for two. He decided to go race A-Fuel racing with his girlfriend Krista Baldwin, but after a year away decided to come back. In his spare time he likes working on Krista’s A-Fuel dragster and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys reloading ammunition, shooting guns and building things with his hands.
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Corey Melton

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Corey Melton

Hometown: Scottsville, KY
His first introduction to drag racing came from his grandfather who was always watching the races on Sunday. He was a John Force fan up until the day he passed away. From there, Corey would go to Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green and watch the Super Comp cars and a few Division 3 NHRA races. His first national event came in 2017 and he fell in love with the sport even more.
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Tyler Nelson

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Tyler Nelson

Hometown: Beaumont, CA
Tyler got his start in racing at just 5 years old! He grew up around nostalgia cars and has worked for the nostalgia Rocketeer funny car and Tasca Racing.
MichaelRiggs

Michael Riggs

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Michael Riggs

Hometown: Lancaster, OH
Michael got his start in racing just by watching it on television and knew that’s what he wanted to do. He graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio with an Associate Degree in High Performance Automotive. In his free time, he likes to build hot rods.
Jacob

Jacob Wright

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Jacob Wright

Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Jacob’s interests include shooting and cars.