With the NHRA Countdown on the horizon John Force Racing is ready to get the Charlotte area NHRA fans fired up for the kick-off to the playoffs. On Thursday, September 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. all four JFR drivers will be at Town and Country Ford signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. It will be a great opportunity for fans to meet all four Countdown qualified drivers including the No. 1 and No. 2 Mello Yello Funny Car drivers John Force and Robert Hight as well as No. 6 Courtney Force and in Top Fuel No. 9 Brittany Force.
“Getting a chance to talk with fans and Ford customers is really a great way to start race weekend. We love getting the race weekend started by meeting the fans at Town and Country Ford. We have signed at this dealership before and the crowds are always really fun. It will be a cool chance to meet all four of the JFR Funny Car drivers away from the track,” said Hight.
Town and Country Ford is located at 5401 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina. Media contacts Elon Werner, 214-244-1184 and Sarah Adams, 812-249-9823.
2011 NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan and the Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car will be at Morgan's Shoes & Bootery (2755 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056) from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 11.
The two-time winner at zMAX Dragway, where this weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event kicks off the six-race Countdown to the Championship, will sign autographs and greet fans at Morgan's. Hagan made history at zMax in 2011 when he became the first Funny Car driver in NHRA history to clock a three-second pass (3.995-seconds).
During this special event, Morgan's is offering 10 percent off all Rocky Boots and NHRA fans can enter to win a free pair of boots.
Fans and racers are welcome to enjoy a special night for a special cause when the annual DRAW Auction takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. during the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas.
The live auction will be held inside the Champion Club which is located next to the staging lanes.
The Drag Racing Association of Women provides assistance to drivers and crew members injured in a drag racing accident at a racetrack.
Several of the biggest stars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regularly attend and bidding wars provide as much entertainment as their contributions provide help for fellow racers.
The list of auction items range from artwork to collectables to racing parts and accessories is available on www.drawonline.org or DRAW’s Facebook page.
For more information or to donate an item, contact:
John Farkonas, one third of the team that fielded the famed Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car, died Aug. 22.
Farkonas teamed with crew chief Austin Coil and driver Pat Minick to create a drag racing legend that today remains among the most revered of Funny Cars. While Coil supplied the hands-on tuning savvy and Minick was the driver who whipped their Dodges through patented smokey burnouts, Farkonas, who had degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering, was the team’s thinker, and well ahead of his time.
“John Farkonas was one of the smartest men I have known,” said Coil. “Many of the formulas I used throughout my career were based on equations John did longhand back in the early '70s.”
Although Farkonas stopped actively traveling with the team early in its long run, he remained a behind-the-scenes force, and when the famed Farkonas-Coil-Minick Chi-Town Hustler won back-to-back world championships in 1982-83 with driver Frank Hawley, Farkonas’ impact was still being felt. The original trio was reunited in 1997 when they were inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Farkonas is survived by his wife, Goldie; daughter Anne-Renee; brother Tom; and other relatives.