Pre-Race Package for the 54th annualCircle K Winternationals


Feb. 6-9, 2014


Auto Club Raceway at Pomona                                                                       


Pomona, Calif.


First event in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series




Track Prep: Auto Club Raceway at Pomona


(A look at the track on which the 54th annual O’Reilly Winternationals will be contested starting Thursday)


Track composition: Concrete launch pad with transition to asphalt at 660 feet.


Track direction: North to south


Track elevation: 1,100 feet above sea level


Track records: 3.995 seconds by John Force, Nov. 9, 2013, and 320.66 mph by Matt Hagan, Nov. 10, 2013 in Funny Car; 3.730 seconds by Shawn Langdon, Nov. 10, 2012, and 328.70 mph by Doug Kalitta, Nov. 10, 2013 in Top Fuel.


JFR at Auto Club Raceway: JFR Funny Car drivers have made 40 final round appearances and won 23 times at Auto Club Raceway.  Last final round appearance was by Courtney Force at last November’s Auto Club Finals.  Last victory was by John Force, who beat teammate Mike Neff in the final round of the 2012 O’Reilly Winternationals.




2014 Season-to-Date


Driver                      BRITTANY FORCE                                      JOHN FORCE 


Car                               Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster           Castrol GTX Ford


Crew Chief(s)               Todd Smith (Dean Antonelli)                  Jimmy Prock (Danny DeGennaro)


Residence                    Yorba Linda, California                          Yorba Linda, California


Date of Birth                 July 8, 1986                                          May 4, 1949




Driver                      ROBERT HIGHT                                          COURTNEY FORCE


Car                               Auto Club of Southern California Ford    Traxxas Ford   


Crew Chief(s)               Mike Neff (Jon Shaffer)                         Ron Douglas (Daniel Hood)


Residence                    Yorba Linda, California                          Yorba Linda, California


Date of Birth                 August 20, 1969                                    June 20, 1988




 JOHN FORCE, 64, begins defense of his 16th series title on an Auto Club Raceway track on which he has won 15 tour events and on which he became the first Funny Car driver to break the 4.00 second barrier last November when he coaxed the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang through the 1,000 foot timers in a track record 3.985 seconds.  He has won the Circle K Winternationals two of the last four years.




BRITTANY FORCE, 27, brings her Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster back to the track on which she successfully began her drive to Rookie-of-the-Year honors and on which, during last fall’s Auto Club Finals, she drove to the semifinals.  She launches her sophomore season with veteran Todd Smith making the mechanical decisions in collaboration with Dean “Guido” Antonelli. 




ROBERT HIGHT, 44, who has won the season-opening Circle K Winternationals in three of his nine career starts (2006, 2008 and 2011), will compete in the winter classic for the first time this week with veteran Mike Neff as crew chief on his Auto Club Ford Mustang.  The President of John Force Racing, Inc., Hight has won at least two Mello Yello tour events in each of his professional seasons.




COURTNEY FORCE, 25, returns to Auto Club Raceway as the defending Funny Car champion in the Circle K Winternationals, a race she won last year from the No. 1 starting position at the wheel of her Ron Douglas-prepped Traxxas Ford Mustang.  The 2012 winner of the Auto Club’s Road to the Future award, Courtney will be bidding for her fourth tour victory.




Traxxas Nitro Shootout


The first seven season winners in Funny Car and Top Fuel will earn automatic starting berths in the third annual Traxxas Nitro Shootout to be contested Labor Day weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis for a pair of $100,000 top prizes.


The eighth starter in each bonus race again will be determined by fan interaction and a lottery.  Courtney Force was the fan choice in 2012’s Funny Car race; her sister, Brittany, won the fan vote and lottery last year in Top Fuel.


John Force Racing has a long history of success in NHRA bonus races capped by John Force’s victory in the inaugural Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Cars.


The team also won five Winston-sponsored All-Star races as well as the Big Bud Shootout and its successors, the Skoal Showdown and the U.S. Smokeless Shootout.  John Force earned the biggest single event payday in NHRA racing history when he won the 1999 Winston Showdown ($210,000) at Bristol, Tenn. 


 NEXT EVENTS(2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series):


Feb. 6-9                  54th annual NHRA Winternationals                    Pomona


Feb. 21-23              30th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals                 Phoenix


March 13-16           45th annual Amalie Oil Gatornationals               Gainesville


March 28-30           15th annual Nationals         Las Vegas


April 11-13              5th annual NHRA 4Wide Nationals                   Charlotte


April 25-27              27th annual O’Reilly SpringNationals                Houston


May 16-18              34th annual Summit Southern Nationals            Atlanta


May 23-25              26th annual Kansas  Nationals                          Topeka


May 29-June 1        45th annual Toyota Summernationals                Englishtown


June 13-15             14th annual Ford Thunder Valley Nationals        Bristol


June 19-22             2nd annual Auto Plus New England Nationals     Epping


June 26-19             17th annual O’Reilly Route 66 Nationals            Chicago


July 18-20               35th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals              Denver


July 25-27               27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals                Sonoma


Aug. 1-3                 27th annual O’Reilly Northwest Nationals           Seattle


Aug. 14-17              33rd annual Lucas Oil Nationals                        Brainerd


Aug. 27-Sept. 1       60th annual Chevrolet U.S. Nationals                Indianapolis




NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship


Sept. 12-14             7th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals                  Charlotte


Sept. 18-21             29th annual AAA Texas Fall Nationals               Dallas


Sept. 26-28             3rd annual AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals    St. Louis


Oct. 2-5                  30th annual Auto-Plus Nationals                        Reading


Oct. 30-Nov. 2        14th annual Toyota Nationals                            Las Vegas


Nov. 13-16              50th annual Auto Club World Finals                   Pomona