John Force seems always to be in a tizzy.
For instance, at the U.S. Nationals this Labor Day weekend, the rabid Indianapolis Colts fans heard announcer Bob Frey (speaking on incorrect information given to him) say that the paint job on the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang was a salute to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Frey later apologized over the PA system but not before entire grandstands of Colts fans booed Force. Instead the scheme was a tribute to event sponsor MAC Tools.
“I want to clarify this,” Force said. “I do have a place in Brownsburg (Indiana). We don’t have a football team in LA or in Orange County. The Colts have become the ones I follow. My boys (his crew) live and breathe the Colts. In all fairness, truly, this would be my town. I want to be careful. I really like them all. None’s really my favorite. If I was going to pick a favorite it would be the Colts. I’ve liked the Cowboys over the years too. I like the Rams just because St. Louis stole them. Sometimes you just like the quarterbacks. I like all of them. I ain’t going to go to Dallas and say, ‘You’re my team!’ I’m not going to do that – unless I’m surrounded. I just love football and the guys, but I really love racing. But, I know one thing: never go to a stadium and pitch the wrong guy.
“I was crushed. I’ve never been…I’ve heard boos. I figured it was (former Funny Car driver Al) Hofmann’s relatives or Bazemore’s. But, I’ve never had a full set of stands booing me. And man, it hurt. I went over and gave Baze a hug and I said, ‘I’m sorry.’ He said, ‘What for?’ I said, ‘I can’t even tell you. But I know the pain.’ It probably doesn’t even bother him a bit, but it crushed me because I want them all to love me. I’m only down to a few that don’t.”
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