Another generation of John Force Racing is waiting in the wings.
Autumn Hight, the eight year old granddaughter of John Force, has a race car on the way. The order was placed Monday, her eighth birthday.
“Eight years old is the age when it starts, so we ordered her one,” said father Robert Hight, who is married to Force’s oldest daughter, Adria. “She’s excited about it, she loves it. She loves drag racing so much that she would travel with me every weekend if she could.”
Hight said he showed his daughter the rendering of the forthcoming car and she was overwhelmed with emotion.
“She loves pink and purple, so we had our graphics guy design a car with this color theme,” said Hight. “When she saw the car, she just grabbed me and hugged me. It was inspiring to see how excited she was.”
Hight estimates the car will be finished in time to display at the upcoming NHRA event in St. Louis. The unveiling cannot come soon enough for young Autumn.
“The first thing she asked me was if she could race it this year,” Hight added.
Hight understands the toughest challenge in his daughter's racing will not be in teaching her to drive, but instead keeping her media-swooning, sponsor-grabbing grandfather in check.
“I’m gonna let her grow at the pace she wants to grow,” explained Hight. “When he [John] saw the design of the car, the first thing he pointed out was there was no room for sponsors.”
Already Grandpa has taken the initiative to get the granddaughter’s team established with the best equipment available.
“We have to get her a truck and trailer,” Force immediately proclaimed upon learning of Autumn’s aspirations. “An eighteen wheeler or maybe a pick-up truck ...”
Autumn’s mother spoke up, in an attempt to slow her father down.
“She’s only going to run in the parking lot,” Adria advised.
Then Force, promotional gears in his mind turning, offered, “She’ll be on tour!”
In other Force grandchildren news, Force added, grandson Jacob John Hood took his first steps during the second week of the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
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