At 10:30 am PST today, drag racer extraordinaire John Force is announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with Chevrolet as he attempts a 17th win of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship. He will be driving a Chevrolet Camaro funny car.
Two key sponsors − Castrol and Ford − announced at the end of the 2013 race season that they would not continue into 2015. Castrol and Ford had been supporters for 30 and 20 years, respectively, when they both said they would no longer sponsor the drag-racing great. Force announced last spring that Peak Anti-freeze would be the Castrol replacement, with Lucas Oil joining towards the end of the 2014 racing season, but nothing was said about an automobile manufacturer.
Force had said he wanted a company that built cars in the U.S., which left him with Chevrolet, Dodge, and Toyota. While Chevrolet has been active in Pro Stock, it’s been awhile since the brand has had a presence in Funny Car.
“It is great to be back with Chevrolet. I started my career in a Chevy and my plan is to keep racing with them for many years to come. This is a great American company and we are excited about the opportunities in front of us,” said John Force.