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Drag Racing's Royalty For Decades, John Force Racing Is Still Family First

A selection of media and business partners met at the John Force Racing Indianapolis headquarters and race shop on Wednesday morning for a forum that was formally hosted by Peak Auto. All of the hospitality boxes were checked. A complimentary breakfast greeted each of the inbound attendees, then a grande tour followed.

According to our guide, the team stopped offering tours to the general public prior to the beginning the Covid-19 epidemic, but the virus and public regulations certainly haven't made it any easier for them to reconsider that decision.

Approximately ten people were guided by a gentleman named Steve that was an employee of JFR since 2007, but worked with John Medlen for over a decade prior to that.

He walked us down a 600 foot hallway that was divided into different work bays, each with a set of machinery or supplies dedicated to a type of automotive engineering. There was a paint booth, a CNC shop, a body shop, chassis room, and a graphics department. This insider view was considered behind the scenes and at different times along the way we were advised that photography was not permitted.

The tour stopped for several minutes between each bay for the opportunity to ask questions or see a machine or worker grinding. The team was making their final touches and preparing to leave the bay for the 2022 US Nationals, their home race and the most prestigious of the annual national Camping World Drag Racing Series calendar.

At the completion of the tour of the race shop, two separate heritage facilities bookended the shop on the second floor of the property. First was the John Force Racing museum. We w

Eric Medlen's car on display in the 'Eric Medlen Project' at John Force Racing Headquarters

ere given the opportunity to see in person many of the team's most recognizable cars including John Force's famed 'Elvis' ride, Robert Hight's State of California Highway Patrol livery, and old tools and industry memorabilia. To enjoy a similar experience I encourage you to check out the shop tour that was granted to NHRA's youtube channel at your leisure.

The completion of the walkthrough was an intimate, calm, and peaceful tribute as we walked through the Eric Medlen Project, which is both a safety initiative the team created with their partners and an homage to their fallen driver Eric Medlen who passed away as the result of

a blown tire and a brain injury in 2007. With an emotionally charged voice, the tour guide emphasized that Eric was family.