Austin Prock Returns; Brittany Force’s Sponsors Re-Up

Austin Prock
Austin Prock

John Force Racing is returning to a four-car lineup in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. With 2019 Rookie of the Year Austin Prock coming back to the Top Fuel wars after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down his program for two years, the third-generation drag racer has the opportunity to showcase his talents once again.

The two entities that sponsored Prock in his rookie, award- and race-winning season return to the 22-race campaign as primary partners on Prock’s dragster: Montana Brand and Rocky Mountain Twist are owned by Frank Tiegs. In his return to Top Fuel driving action, Prock has the services of co-crew chiefs Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler.

“It’s exciting to have Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist back with Austin in the driver’s seat,” said John Force, CEO and owner of John Force Racing. “Frank has continued to be part of the JFR family and we always hoped he’d be back on a second car; it was a great partnership in 2019 and there was so much room to grow.”

Brittany Force
Brittany Force

Tiegs is also the owner of Flav-R-Pac Fruits and Vegetables, which just signed an extension with 2017 Top Fuel champ Brittany Force. Montana Brand, manufactured by Rocky Mountain Twist, was founded in 2001 and is made at the firm’s Ronan, Montana location. Earlier this week, both Flav-R-Pac and Monster Energy renewed their affiliation with Brittany Force for a multi-year sponsorship extension. The two entities split time on Force’s rail, which achieved 12 No. 1 qualifying positions, five final round appearances and runner-up status to four-time consecutive champion Steve Torrence last year.

“A nitromethane-burning car putting out 10,000 horsepower, going over 330 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and trying as hard as possible to destroy itself? Sounds like Monster Energy,” said Mitch Covington, VP of sports marketing for Monster. “We believe in our championship driver and we will always continue to support her and the team,” he said. “Partnering with this team has been a great decision and we are excited for what the future holds,” added Tiegs.

While Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac are exclusive to Force’s rail in this year’s challenge for the Camping World Top Fuel title, Montana Brand and Rocky Mountain Twist will continue to be featured on all four cars in the John Force Racing camp while being the primary on Prock’s dragster. John Force, the 16-time Funny Cr champion, Robert Hight, a three-time Funny Car titleholder and Brittany Force will all have signage from the Montana-based brands.

All John Force Racing entries will be taking part in the PRO Nitro Spring Training February 10-12 on the Wild Horse Motorsports Park drag strip, in anticipation of the season starter, the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by, slated for February 16-18 on the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona race track. At this time there are close to 30 nitro and Pro Stock teams scheduled to participate in the tune-up session one week before the NHRA season takes off.

About Anne Proffit 1174 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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