Ex-John Force crew chief Jimmy Prock hired by rival Don Schumacher Racing


Jimmy Prock didn’t even have time to get to the unemployment line.

Two days after leaving John Force Racing, Prock will now call one of Force’s biggest rivals, Don Schumacher Racing, his new home, effective immediately.

DSR issued a brief statement that Prock has been hired for a “position yet to be determined.”

On Tuesday, Prock told his boss, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, that he was submitting his resignation, effective at the end of the season.

Force accepted the resignation, but then a few hours later, came back to Prock and told him if he was resigning, Force wanted it to be immediately.

Prock complied and left Force’s shop and ultimately, his employ, even though Force is in a huge bind now, fighting for a record-extending 17th championship without a crew chief to fill Prock’s shoes for the final two races of the season.

Speculation is Prock will become the crew chief for Jack Beckman, but DSR officials have refused to confirm that as yet.

With two races remaining in the 2014 NHRA season, DSR has a combined 19 wins between its seven Top Fuel and Funny Car teams. Top Fuel drivers Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher have six and five wins respectively, while teammate Spencer Massey has two wins.

In Funny Car, points leader Matt Hagan has three wins for DSR this season, while teammates Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson have two and one wins, respectively, as well. Beckman remains winless this season.

Meanwhile, John Force Racing has 12 combined wins, all in Funny Car and split between Force and daughter Courtney Force. Brittany Force, another daughter of John, is still seeking her first career win in Top Fuel.

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IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information


GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis