NHRA legend John Force turns 66, not slowing down any time soon

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At a time when many people would be embracing retirement, legendary NHRA drag racer John Force just keeps motoring along.

Force, who turned 66 on Monday (May 4), is in the first year of a new multi-year contract with Chevrolet and Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, doesn’t even like to use the “R” word.

In an interview with NBCSports.com last month, Force said he has no timetable to get out from behind the seat of his Funny Car any time soon.

Who knows, Force may continue on deep into his 70s or even 80s, citing “The Golden Greek,” Chris Karamesines, who is still piloting a Top Fuel dragster on the NHRA national and local circuit, still hitting speeds in excess of 310 mph at the age of 83.

We may be a day late, but we wanted to wish a belated Happy 66th Birthday to the one, the only, drag racing’s “Brute Force.”

Here’s some of the other well-wishes Force received Monday:

Happy birthday to John Force. 23 years of going at it and Cruz Pedregon vs. John Force is STILL one of the greatest matchups to watch at an NHRA event.

Posted by Cruz Pedregon on Monday, May 4, 2015

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

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

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