John Force to debut much-anticipated 16X Funny Car this weekend in Las Vegas

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We’ve all heard of x-rays. Some have even heard of triple-x rated movies.

But when it comes to this weekend’s Toyota NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, John Force is taking his effort to win his record-extending 17th Funny Car championship to a high power.

As in 16X.

Fans have been waiting for Force to break out the unique red-white-blue paint scheme that commemorates his 16th Funny Car title, earned last season — and he couldn’t have done so at a better time.

With longtime crew chief Jimmy Prock having left Force’s team last week, any extra motivation will help.

Hence that’s why the “16X Champion American Made” Ford Mustang body will ride atop Force’s Funny Car chassis.

“I wanted something that really showed who I am,” Force said in a media release. “I am American made and everything about John Force Racing comes back to that idea.

“This is a tribute to all my employees who are American made and work harder than any team out here. I love America and I love NHRA Drag Racing. This was the perfect look for my 16-time championship Funny Car.”

Force clinched his record 16th Funny Car crown in last year’s Toyota NHRA Nationals at The Strip.

He’s currently second in this season’s rankings, 36 points behind rival Matt Hagan.

“I want to thank the fans and all my sponsors,” Force said. “Doing specialty cars is always tricky, but my sponsors have been great and I know the fans will get a kick out of seeing this red, white and blue hot rod on the track during qualifying in Las Vegas.”

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