DOB: 04/04/1949

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

Coming off a 2017 season in which John Force Racing claimed NHRA Mello Yello championships in both the Funny Car and Top Fuel divisions, the man who has won a record 149 NHRA pro tour events has admitted that he may drive competitively for only “a couple more years.”  Nevertheless, the 69-year-old founder and CEO, John Force, forges ahead on a quest for his 17th series championship.

Force, the oldest pro champion in motorsports history (64) as well as the oldest NHRA event winner (69), owns the career records for rounds won and rounds lost, for most consecutive starts (395), for most bonus race appearances (31) and victories (eight).  He has the most final round appearances (248), the most starts (714) and the most No. 1 qualifying performances (154).  He’s had at least one tour victory in 30 of the last 31 seasons and won 10 straight Funny Car championships (1993-2002) and his record for consecutive Top 10 finishes is at 33 and counting.

He was the first drag racer to earn Driver of the Year honors in competition with the best from NASCAR and IndyCar (1996) and subsequently was named Racer of the Year in 2010 and 2013 by RACER Magazine.  Force has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama. Over the course of a career spanning 40 seasons, he’s won 70 percent of the elimination rounds in which he has been involved including those in the early years when he was as apt to reach the finish line in flames as not.

The son of a truck driver and a fry cook, the young John Force raced, if not with skill, then certainly with determination. He made sure he looked the part of a pro racer even if his abilities at that time didn’t support the image. Had he never won a championship, his path from the abject poverty of the tiny trailer house that was home to him, his four siblings, his mom and his dad, childhood polio, and three years as a starting quarterback for a Bell Gardens High School team that went 0-for-27 to his storybook mansion-on-the-hill in affluent Yorba Linda would have been compelling enough for the big screen.

Over 30 Years in Motorsports

It’s in our blood.

At PEAK®, we’re not afraid to mix it up with the big boys. This is why we’ve been actively involved in motorsports for over 30 years. We identify with the straight shooters like John Force and Clint Bowyer, just two of the truly great racers who’ve been part of the PEAK family throughout the years.

Today, PEAK still aims to shock the motorsports establishment partly as a way to showcase the excellence and competitive quality of our family of brands, but mostly, because it’s so much fun. Look for our drivers and teams to challenge the heavy hitters in NASCAR, NHRA, and Dirt Late Model racing!