JFR Sets Driver/Crew Chief Lineups

Adds Grubnic as crew chief

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John Force Racing announced its driver and crew chief lineups for the new season. (HHP/Tami Pope Photo)

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — John Force Racing plans to field three full-time entries in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series this season, with a fourth team in reserve making limited appearances.

The news comes a week after Courtney Force announced she was stepping away from competing.

Two-time Funny Car champion Robert Hight will continue to drive the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS with his tandem of Jimmy Prock as crew chief and Chris Cunningham as assistant.

Brian Corradi, who joined the John Force Racing family at the beginning of the 2018 season and Danny Hood are taking their expertise over to the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS driven by team owner and 16-time champion John Force.

“Working with Brian Corradi and son-in-law Dan Hood is exciting for me,” said John Force. “They, along with Tim Fabrisi, have put a strong team together as proven last year with Courtney making a run for the championship. Even with all the day to day operations of John Force Racing, I’m committed to giving 100 percent. I know what it takes to win a championship and its 100 percent focus. I’m committed to giving that to my new team.”

David Grubnic has joined the team as the crew chief for 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force’s Advance Auto Parts dragster. Grubnic began his career in NHRA Championship Drag Racing as a Top Fuel pilot where he earned three event victories, ten No. 1 qualifiers and finished as high as fourth in the points standings.

“I’m really excited about joining John Force Racing. Everyone wants the chance to get to tune for a legendary team and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Grubnic said. “I’m sure there will be a bit of a learning curve for this new Advance Auto Parts team but Brittany is a championship driver and this team is ready to put in the work to go rounds, get wins and chase another championship for JFR. It will be a fun year but it will also take a lot of hard work and dedication. I’m looking forward to getting to the race track and fine tuning what we’ve been putting together in the off-season.”

In addition to their full-time line-up, next generation driver Austin Prock will continue the developmental process with full intentions of competing in the 2019 season.

“My operation fully functions with a four-car team, with the chassis shop, machine shop and engine program, it makes it all make sense,” said John Force. “We will find a partnership to run this fourth car. Chasing sponsorships is no different than chasing a championship, you work on it 24/7.”

Prock earned his Fuel Funny Car license in 2018 and will be getting his Top Fuel dragster license as well. John Force Racing hasn’t committed to which direction Prock will go, Top Fuel or Funny Car and will be building his team through the start of the year. Helping in his growth as a driver are crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Ronnie Thompson.