Is this the new Castrol Funny Car?
Photo/manipulation by Ron Dilley
Is John Force testing this monster in an unprecedented run for an 11th championship?
Photo foolery by Ron Dilley
During the late summer of '99, Force
lost in the first round repeatedly. Tired of that scenario, he
tested a new combo late Sunday at the Keystones after NHRA officials
reluctantly relented. Timing equipment was sucked into the massive
Coil blower system during the run and enough down force was created
that the Winston lane sunk 3 inches. Rumor control reported the pass
was 4.090 seconds @ 383.69 mph with roughly 142,781 lbs of down force
-- give or take 3.87 ounces.