Ashley Force Hood
Weld Racing and the John Force Racing team were assured an Indy triumph when the final round boiled down to patriarch John Force and daughter Force Hood. Force, already a four-time winner (1993, 1996, 1998, 2002) squared off with Force Hood, who made history last year as Indy’s first female Funny Car winner but who also had scored her first ever win in competition at Indy in Alcohol dragster in 2004. The final was over early and decided in Force Hood’s favor when her dad’s Mustang faltered just off the line. Force maintained his incoming points lead and Force Hood moved from eighth to fourth with her fourth career Funny Car crown.
“This has just been an amazing day,” Ashley said. “This may mean more than last year because we struggled so much this season. Last year we were on a roll – we had gone to some finals and won some races and were up high in the points — but this year it’s been the other end of the spectrum, but our team has stayed positive and we just said we’d use the start of the playoffs to turn it all around and forget the past.