UPDATED: Will NHRA Funny Car legend John Force reveal new sponsor and manufacturer today?

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UPDATED: On a day when it was believed 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force might announce a new sponsor and car manufacturer for 2015, Force instead stunned the drag racing world Wednesday afternoon when he announced that he asked for and accepted the resignation of crew chief Jimmy Prock.

Prock’s resignation is effective immediately, leaving Force scrambling to find someone to tune his Funny Car for the final two races of the season as Force attempts to extend his record number of Funny Car titles to 17.

For more about today’s news, read the following:

MORE: NHRA stunner: Jimmy Prock out as John Force’s crew chief

ORIGINAL STORY:

Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force is expected to make a major announcement concerning John Force Racing later Wednesday afternoon.

Force will appear on an NHRA media teleconference at 2:30 pm ET.

Will Force finally reveal what his fans have waited all season long for, namely, who his new primary sponsor will be in 2015, as well as what manufacturer and model of car he’ll drive next season as well?

Force has been with Castrol Oil for more than two decades, and with Ford since 1998. Both companies announced during the last offseason that this would be their final year with Force, electing to take their support into other realms of motorsports in 2015.

Rumors have been all over the place in recent weeks on what kind of car Force will drive.

Some have Force campaigning a Dodge Challenger Hellcat in 2015. More recently, there’s been chatter that he might drive a Chevrolet or even a Toyota like several of his top rivals such as Alexis DeJoria, Ron Cappas and Cruz Pedregon.

As for a new sponsor, there’s been very little indications as to what that may be.

Force announced recently that he would make a major announcement on Nov. 1 during the NHRA race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We’re wondering if today’s announcement means the schedule has been pushed up.

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