POMONA -- Brittany Force, the 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year, is looking to continue to build momentum off of a strong finish last year. Entering her fourth professional season the driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team has a new crew chief but has the same drive to get into the winner’s circle. Over the off-season two-time Top Fuel champion crew chief Brian Husen joined JFR as crew chief for the Monster Energy team and world class tuner Alan Johnson will act as a tuning consultant. Husen describes the tuning relationship perfectly saying he is the quarterback and Alan is the coach.

“Teaming up with Alan Johnson and Brian Husen as my crew chief has been great. They have made a lot of changes to this Monster Energy dragster. They run a whole different system that what we used to run. It takes some time to adjust to that and I am learning the car. It is starting to feel like home. We ran a couple of 3.72s and I am...

GLENDORA, Calif. – In 1966, a brand new class of competition emerged in NHRA when hot rodding enthusiasts of the era were trying to squeeze more performance out of their gassers, super stocks and muscle cars. With a larger motor, stretched frame and bigger rear tires, these powerful machines took the drag racing world by storm, except they didn’t look like a factory hot rod.

In fact, these cars looked just a bit “funny.”

But drag racing fans were hooked by the appeal of the category that was officially named Funny Car, and today the category remains one of the most popular to have ever powered down a drag strip.

During the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, NHRA will celebrate 50 years of the Funny Car. The season-long promotion will feature the fan-favorite cars, explain the evolution of the category, remember the greatest rivalries and put the spotlight on the legends who drove the cars in some of the most memorable...