Prock Back with JFR; Team leaders announced
Austin Prock will return to the John Force Racing Top Fuel drag headquarters for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. (photo Steve Himelstein)
YORBA LINDA, Calif. — John Force Racing will field four full-time entries in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series this season. John Force, Brittany Force and Robert Hight are back in their seats from last year, and 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award winner Austin Prock will return to the team.
On 16-Time World Champion John Force PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, John Force’s son-in-law Danny Hood will continue as Senior Crew Chief with Tim Fabrisi as Assistant . Both were key players in John’s historic 150th and 151st national wins in 2019, and led the legend in 2021 to three wins for a record total of 154 wins. In 2022, its 47th year on tour, Force will seek its 17th series championship while racing the BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy Camaro SS for the first 10 races and PEAK Chevy Camaro SS antifreeze and coolant for the remainder of the season.
Crew Chief David Grubnic and Assistant Crew Chief Mac Savage will continue to tune the Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac dragster, 2017 Top Fuel World Champion, Brittany Force. In the 2022 season, Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac Frozen Fruits and Vegetables will also share major sponsorship duties, each with 11 events. Force finished 2021 second in the points standings after chasing a second championship until the final race of the season.
John Force Racing President and three-time World Funny Car Champion Robert Hight will continue to drive the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS with his tandem of crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham. The trio picked up two wins and two No. 1 qualifying positions to end the 2021 season in eighth place. Hight and Auto Club Chevy will welcome associate sponsor Powers Solar Frames to the team for the 2022 season.
Austin Prock will enter his second full-time season in the NHRA at the controls of the Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster with crew chiefs Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler. In 2019, Prock earned his first career win at the Northwestern Nationals, joining the list of just 10 previous rookies to win in their first season. Prock also became the 13th rookie to qualify for the Championship Countdown and finished the season eighth in points.
“We ended the 2021 season in a good place. We had teams competing for the championship and whenever that happens, as a team owner, it’s always good,” said John Force Racing CEO and Owner John Force. “We’re going to start 2022 with momentum and be back to being a four-car team. Having Austin Prock back in the Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster with Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler is going to have a positive impact on the whole team. This won’t be easy, but the teams we have will be ready to put in the work to make great things happen. We’re looking for race wins and championships, that’s what we’re always looking for. We’ve got the people, the partners and the parts to make it happen.
John Force Racing will enjoy pre-season testing Feb. 10-12 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona before kicking off the 2022 NHRA Camping Drag Racing season with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Feb. 18-18. February 20 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, CA.