John Force tweets for 1st time — and the world of Twitter will never be the same

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It’s official: John Force is now on Twitter — and Twitter will never be the same again.

The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion is the latest athlete to join the Twitterverse.

His Twitter handle is, quite appropriately we might add, @JohnForce_FC

One of Force’s PR people, Sarah Adams, caught history in the making when her boss took to the Twitter world:

And here’s another from daughter Courtney Force:

As of Saturday night at 9:35 pm ET, Force already had 8,850 followers and had tweeted twice, and nothing controversial or outlandish. You might say he’s just getting warmed up. But once he hits his stride, look out, world.

Or as daughters Brittany and Courtney tweeted:

Son-in-law Graham Rahal, who married Courtney last November, also braced himself for what’s to come from his father-in-law:

Here’s John Force’s first two tweets to the world:

The latter tweet was in response to Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was one of several big names to welcome Force to Twitter. Here’s a smattering of folks, including several drivers, who welcomed the self-professed “Truck driver from Bell Gardens (Calif.)” …..

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AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”