HIGHT HOSES FORCE'S CHANCE OF MAKING THE PODIUM AT MILE-HIGH NATIONALS
MORRISON, CO (JULY 26, 2010) Robert Hight, John Force's son-in-law and one of the three drivers on his team, easily defeated the NHRA's biggest all-time star in the funny car final at the 31st Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Morrison this past weekend. Hight showed that racing knows no limits as he went 4.215 (296.05) using VP Nitro Methane.
The 14-time funny car champion (Force) took some time to adjust his attitude and to find the positives in Hight's title at Bandimere Speedway. After all, Hight's $50,000 winner's purse will be sent to his team owner, so Force won regardless of his performance.
"He's my son-in-law, my driver, and God bless him, I trained him, but I just don't like losing at my age," Force said in the winner's circle, about 45 minutes after being visibly upset at the finish line. "I'm 61 years old and signed for five more years, but I may not have a car that runs like this every year."
Despite Force's superior reaction time of .031, Hight won his fourth event of the season. Force, the points leader who was looking for his fifth title of the year, smoked his tires and lost power in a 4.386-second run (284.99 mph).
"I did my job. I left with him," Force said. "My car dropped a cylinder and kicked a rod out. It wasn't going anywhere. But I'm all right now. I'll still chase these kids until I'm 100 or have a heart attack, whatever happens first."