He tunes, he drives, he wins. Funny Car title contender
Mike Neff might just be the busiest man in drag racing.
Words Todd Veney Images Marc Gewertz
Ninth place [in the championship]?
That’s pretty mediocre.”
John Force had faith that Mike Neff (on right) could
It looked as if those two seasons
would comprise Ne;’s entire career as a
driver. Corporate cutbacks led Force, like
the heads of companies the world over,
to downsize going into the 2010 season.
Driver Robert Hight wasn’t losing his
ride – he was the new Funny Car champ.
Force Hood, John’s daughter and one of
the most popular drivers in the sport,
sure wasn’t going to be out of a job,
either. It was Ne;, who felt lucky that
Force’s team to take over for Austin Coil,
“Let’s face it, nobody wanted to see
Ashley quit driving,” Ne; says. “I’m sure
people said, ‘What? Mike Ne;? Oh…great.’
It doesn’t hurt my feelings – she’s a big
draw. Then we won Gainesville, just our
second time out, so maybe people thought,
‘He might not be so bad after all.’”
both tune and drive. Jimmy Prock (center) remains
as crew chief to their teammate, Robert Hight.
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