• “God Loves Me When I’m In Brownsburg!” – John Force

    September 03, 2010 No comments

    Thursday was the 2nd Annual John Force Open House and Car Show in Brownsburg, Indiana. The event was sponsored by Bill Estes Ford of Brownsburg and The Mustang and Ford Car Club of Indianapolis. Last year over 7,000 fans flocked to the John Force Racing shop for the inaugural show and I am sure that many if not more showed up this year. The show was expanded to include demonstrations as well as the Simpson Race Products simulator. Brownsburg Police Chief Mike Dove’s “The Path Home” bass fishing boat and truck were also on display. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and canned food items for Sheltering Wings and The Hendricks County Food Bank. Inside, fans were treated to a full walking tour of the huge race shop facility staffed by John Force Racing employees and crew members who explained how various machines contributed to the success of the John Force Racing team.

        Funny Car drivers John Force, Robert Hight, Ashley Force Hood as well as Courtney Force were there to sign autographs. I had a chance to talk with John at the event and ask him how he feels when he comes back to Brownsburg and his hopes for the 56th annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals: (Clip)

          John Force:

    I love it here because the fans have been great to us, the way the town of Brownsburg treats us, the county, the state – and by the way, I am not running for mayor!

         Shane Ray:

    I was going to say that it looked like you were running for office with all the hands you have been shaking today.

        John Force:

    It’s an honor and God loves me when I’m in Brownsburg…but we’re really excited about it. It’s really about the next generation. You know my daughter, my son-in-law – you know I’m getting up there. I’m going on a ‘hundred – I’m gonna keep doing this for a long time. I’m gonna keep going. Even with all the catastrophic things that have gone on in my life, and this economy, we just keep bouncing back. It’s the Mac Tools Nationals and we have six Mustangs in it. Boy, I hope one of them gets it – I hope its JFR. But it’s just a great time for me when the fans are happy. Within the town of Brownsburg, the police are everywhere making sure we stay safe.  

           In responding to a fan’s comments about the future of racing teams continuing to make Brownsburg a 2nd home, Force had this to say:

        John Force:

    The only problem I have right now is Prudhomme has moved out of here, but he’ll be back. Where is he going to go? He doesn’t know anything but this (racing). This is all we’ve ever done. What is he going to do? Go home and mow the grass?”

            The 68 year old Prudhomme retired from drag racing earlier this year.

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