As the smallest team in the sport, it wasn't really a surprise when Dodge decided to pull out of NASCAR, but Autoweek is reporting that Ford is looking to pull the plug on its professional-level NHRA sponsorships following the 2014 season. With attendance and television ratings down, the article reports that Ford is just backing out of the top series but will remain active in the Sportsman classes of racing, which are geared more toward the grassroots and semi-professional racers.

This means that one of drag racing's biggest names, John Force, will be left looking for new sponsorship after next season. Force, 64, has been with Ford for 17 years, winning 15 championships in that time and winning almost half of all Funny Car events in his Mustang since he started working with Ford in 1997, but after 2014, there could be some big shakeups at John Force Racing.

According to the report, Force would consider is moving over to the Top Fuel dragster series, although he could also move to another manufacturer to remain in the Funny Car series. With Ford on the way out, this leaves just Toyota and Dodge as the remaining active automakers in the highest levels of drag racing.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I loved watching these cars as a kid, not knowing much about them but seeing the body's flex those huge rear tires, nose rising up in the air like a plane, flames shooting out of exhaust and the parachutes deploying now that's entertainment. Such a simple sport but dam it's entertaining. It's true theater.
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      theplainlv
      • 1 Year Ago
      when the NHRA cut top class funny car and top fuel to 1000 feet due to a tragic death, they killed the sport, its now about cutting a light not racing to end, cars can no longer make up a bad light and drive to the win in 1000 feet, auto racing racing is a dangerous sport, its like making the indy motor speedway 1 mile instead of 2.5 fo make it safer, if english town and other tracks are out dated cut them OR have a short track 1000 feet car and a long track car -1/4 mile car like other racing series do. like nascar and indy car as they do with the length of their tracks and that could be interesting, there are alot of tracks with plenty of run off area, NHRA lacks leadership the shorter length are killing fan interest, especially me. WHY NOT REDUCE HP AND LET THEM RACE THE 1/4 MILE. i dont care if they go 320 or 295 mph as long as it is a real drag race i dont blame ford but who is a better spokesman in all of sport then john force
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theplainlv
        I totally agree. It's a quarter mile or it's not drag racing. Slow them down and enjoy racing (yes racing) again.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      PROOFREADING, AB, it's not just a good idea, it makes you look more professional....
      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe Ford's reality check will transpire to NASCAR, because that Mustang Funny car is as much related to the real thing as the Fusions we see at Talladega.
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        @stevenh
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        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stevenh
        Your right. NASCAR and NHRA should use only stock bodied or exact dimensional replica bodied cars with engines available only in stock assembly line engines. No Chrysler powered Fords, no funny cars that look like rocket ships with decal grills, and no spec cars in NASCAR. with engines not available to the general public. Makes sense and would be much more meaningful to the fans. I'll be happy, in short order, Toyota will be gone and Chrysler will dominate everything left out there. Just like the good old days before NASCAR banned the Chrysler "wing cars" and then the Hemi engine and NHRA factored Chryslers with added weight and everything else they could think of to make Chevy and Ford winners. Let the race cars be CARS from the manufacturer and watch the fans return.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoweek just copied this story from one of the NHRA blogs....FYI. Alas, Force is just trolling for a new Funnycar sponsor by saying he "may have to enter top fuel" - that's all that means. If its Dodge or GM, all he has to go is replace the decal on his Hemi's valvecovers and put the new body on the car, done.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        I feel John Force should've gone to Top Fuel 20 years ago. He's just been too busy enjoying his "big fish in a little pond" situation to do so. I can just about guarantee you he wouldn't have as many championships in Top Fuel that he does in Funnycar. Just my $.02
      the.fog
      • 1 Year Ago
      I enjoy top fuel and Funny Cars because of their speed. But honestly, I'd much rather watch Pro Stock. I really worry about what will happen to NHRA when Force retires
        Rob8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @the.fog
        At least in Pro Stock they actually look like cars.
      Jared oaks
      • 1 Year Ago
      If NASCAR and NHRA went to stock size bodies, the racing would suck. They would have to slow the cars down to keep them on the ground. Imagine a 9000 hp mustang. It would blow over at half track. If you want stock bodies, check out Pro Stock. And the Ford Funny Cars do use a Ford 500 ci block that comes directly from Ford.
        kingrat001
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared oaks
        But it's just another aluminum hemi clone block. All the parts exchange. It's just so Ford could claim they "make" the engine in the Ford cars for the first time in about 40 years.
      roy
      • 24 Days Ago

      This is the Biggest Mistake FORD will make in AutoSports becsue they dont Win many Races or Championships in any sport with any driver more than they have with John Force.

      Michael Sexton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Force can't swap decals on the engine. He runs a True ford developed engine. I think it's called the Boss 500.
      Young
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its a good move as someone pointed about below all Force has to do is swap bodies and decals on the engine. Ford still has the Cobra Jet Mustang program which is a helluva lot closer to a production car than anything Force put on the track.
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        onewayroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        wtf are you talking about? Go home Raz, your drunk.
          bullitt2605
          • 1 Year Ago
          @onewayroll
          Raz at a bar "I @#$%^& your mother" shut up Dad your drunk.....
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