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Old 04-11-2006, 10:16 PM
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Ashley Force Speeds To 4.936 Seconds At 315 Mph In Testing

Ashley Force, the 23-year-old daughter of drag racing’s most prolific winner, completed the next step in her Funny Car orientation Monday when she was clocked in 4.936 seconds at 325.86 miles per hour in testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


It was the first time during her orientation that the second generation driver had gone from starting line to finish line under power and the experience was exhilarating, not only for her, but for her father, John Force.

“All the championships, all the wins,” the elder Force said, “and I don’t ever remember feeling as proud. My kid’s a driver. She just went down through there like she’d been doing it all her life.”

For Ashley, the excitement only began when she deployed the parachutes.

“I pulled the chutes and suddenly I couldn’t see. There was oil all over the windshield from a cap that came off, I think, when the chutes came out. That was pretty exciting.”

“It was completely different,” she said of making a full run. “It suddenly was like, ‘oh, my.’ My eyes, I remember, were sore. And I remember thinking, ‘don’t pop out of my head until after I do this.’”

Ashley’s 4.93 came on the last of four test runs on Monday and fittingly, it came with her dad’s crew chief, Austin Coil, on the point.

In a unique set-up designed to give her the maximum number of runs with the minimum impact on personnel, she alternated Monday between the three John Force Racing Funny Car teams.

She began the day with Force’s Castrol GTX crew, moved to Eric Medlen’s pit where his Castrol SYNTEC team handled the preparation and maintenance for her second run and then on to the Automobile Club of Southern California pit where Robert Hight’s crew provided the service.

She wound up back with her dad’s crew for the final run.

She started the day with one very unremarkable 300 foot run. She then took the Castrol Ford Mustang to 700 feet, farther than she ever had been before, stopping the timers in 5.422 seconds at 206.67 mph. On the next run, she improved to 5.214 seconds at 232.99 mph. At the time, it was the quickest time she ever had recorded, eclipsing the 5.242 she posted in the Castrol dragster owned by Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows.

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Ashley Force Speeds To 4.936 Seconds At 315 Mph In Testing

Like father, like daughter. I just hope she isn't as loose at the mouth as her father.
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Interesting. I heard she is cute too.


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Like father, like daughter. I just hope she isn't as loose at the mouth as her father.

she's not. she sounds nothing like him....

I really enjoyed the comment John made about one of his daughters a few week ago, something to the effect of she's clueless, but she's going rounds..... the girls running comp didn't appear too interested in their cars at all, they mostly hung out in the rv. Ashley, she's out there working on hers and mingling with the fans.

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There was nobady out at the "Ashley pit" when we went by there .

They got her stuck all the way in the back.

Lots of walking to get there.

Awesome pic Larry Awesome!


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Like father, like daughter. I just hope she isn't as loose at the mouth as her father.
Man that is what made John Force even when he loses the commentators go to him because they know they are going to get a good interview full of quips about the "ol Hot rod" and such!
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