John Force is an American drag racer, fun car driver and car owner. He won the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) championship 16 times as a driver. Yet in the same championship he won 21 times as a car owner. Due to his dominance in the competition, he earned the nickname “Brute Force”. John is not the only one in his family who is fascinated by drag racing. According to John Force Racing, his four daughters, Adria, Ashley, Brittany and Courtney, are heavily involved in the sport. Much of John’s wealth comes from his drag racing career and business, which we’ll talk about. Additionally, we will talk about how he used his wealth. Without further ado, here are details on how he reached his net worth of $20 million.
In 1971 John drove his first funny car, the Night Stalker Mustang built by Jack Chrisman. Over the years, he moved on to a Corvette, a Monza and an Oldsmobile Cutlass. John had a rough start early in his career. His driving was so bad that Larry Sutton, the official starter at Irwindale Raceway, once banned him from the track. According to Hot Cars, he was considered a danger to himself and others. Due to the ban and his conduct, it took time to build his reputation. Nevertheless, he was still able to participate in other drag races. Throughout this period, he was far from the top 5. His best performance was when he finished in 8th position, and the worst when he came out number 26.
Things started looking up for John in 1987. At that time he had a company called John Force Racing, which we will talk about later. The company has added a team of experts to its team. With the addition of new team members there has been a significant improvement on the track. Eventually, the team defeated Hall of Fame runner Ed ‘Ace’ McCulloch. 1990 would be a bumper season for John. He won seven out of seven appearances in the final. Additionally, he became the No. 1 qualifier ten times and finished the season with an astonishing 45-12 round record. The following year, he would continue his winning streak. He won a championship after securing five wins from ten finals appearances with a 48-13 record.
During this period he won 12 NHRA championships from 1993 to 2002, 2004 and 2006. At that time he had a team of young drivers. This explains why his company was able to dominate the races. The young driver team also included his daughters Ashley, Courtney and Brittany. After John got his daughters involved, more people became fascinated with this family. Some people have called them the “first family of drag racing.” As a result, A&E approached them in 2006 to create a reality show revolving around them. The show was called “Driving Force” and ran from 2006 to 2007. Although the show was short-lived, fans, sponsors and the media couldn’t help but talk about his family.
2008 became a mediocre season for John as he finished 7th. However, his performance was tied to an injury he had. At that time, his right arm was in a cast as he had broken his fingers. This means that he started to lose his grip on the steering wheel. In 2009, things weren’t any better as he finished 9th. Luckily, her daughter Ashley finished 2nd, which meant her company won. Beginning in 2010, he regained his winning streak. In 2010, he won the season opener at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona at the 50th Winternationals in California. After 13 events, he managed to get four victories. Until 2015 he had many racing seasons which saw him secure a sponsorship deal with Peak Antifreeze.
John Force Racing Company
John Force won primarily as a driver. However, he doesn’t necessarily have to drive to win with this business. He only has to identify the best pilots. Fortunately, he was able to identify good drivers. Some of the pilots who helped his company win included Tony Pedregon, Robert Hight and Brittany Force. The company doesn’t just make money by participating in races. According to Auto Week, it earns sponsors who invest in it. The sponsors also expect to make a profit since it is after all an investment. So the company has to win for the sponsors to get their money back. John Force Racing also uses tactics to attract investors. The company provides exposure to investors through auto shows, social media and off-track events. When some investors get this exposure, they will be happy to invite other investors.
He owns a stone mansion in California
The house is located on top of a high hill. It’s wide and long, allowing you to see spectacular views of Catalina and the Pacific Ocean. At night you can see the Disney fireworks. Inside, the house has eight bedrooms, a sauna, library, gym, wine cellar, multiple fireplaces, and a formal room with a grand piano. . Outside the house there is a swimming pool and a bubbling fountain.
John revealed in an interview that he built it for at least $10 million. The house would probably fetch a lot more money given its facilities. However, John and his wife live in the house, so it doesn’t look like they will want to sell it. Home is not just a residential area. Part of the house is used as a museum. The museum was used as a venue for car sales and corporate meetings. However, the museum is not just about cars. John uses it to host weddings, trade shows and cocktail parties. From time to time, he uses it as a filming location.
John’s story is inspiring. When he started he was so horrible he had to be banned. Some people in his position reportedly dropped out after the ban. Surprisingly, the ban didn’t deter him and he won several championships. These championships helped him achieve his net worth. If he had given up, he wouldn’t be as rich as he is now. Are you a struggling dragster? If you feel like giving up, remember where John is from.