John Force and his company, John Force Racing have always competed in the Funny Car class in NHRA, but now he might have to change to Top Fuel. The change would come due to sponsorship changes; Ford has decided to no longer be a sponsor for professional drag racing. After hearing the news of the sponsorship change, John Force had a lot to say, here’s just a little bit of his conversation,
With Ford leaving, if I don’t find a new manufacturer, John Force Racing will have to evolve. That could possibly mean moving another Funny Car to a dragster.
So I’ve got to find another vendor or John Force Racing, as we know it, could change. I have my job cut out for me. JFR cannot survive in its present form with major budget cuts. I’m looking for new partners.
Force also had this to say regarding the possibility of moving from Funny Car, where he’s been for 21 seasons, to Top Fuel,
Don Prudhomme and Kenny Bernstein both did it later in their careers. I want to stay in a Funny Car, but I may have to adjust my business to make it work. I have to address the future.
It would definitely feel a little strange for NHRA fans to see John Force race in something other than the Funny Car classification, however, that’s just how the business works. Sometimes it’s in your favor, but it can change in a matter of seconds, just like it did in this scenario.