01/12 2018


John Force


John Force was honored at the University of Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday.PHOTO BY UNOH


16-time Funny Car champion lauded as Doctor of Laws


That would be Dr. John Force, if you please.

John Force, legendary NHRA Funny Car driver with 16 Funny Car championships to his credit, accepted an honorary doctorate on Wednesday at the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Force received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his historic motorsports career and his dedication to racing safety.

Force became the first drag racer recognized for the honorary doctorates from UNOH, joining NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Richard Childress

“I never had this kind of opportunity. I learned on the racetracks and in the boardrooms. I got an education at truck stops across the country,” Force told students and faculty during the special ceremony. “I am honored to receive this doctorate mainly because I saw the passion these UNOH students have for motorsports as well as their other programs. They are really turning their passions into careers here. I could not be more impressed with what I saw around campus, and I am excited to be Dr. Force.”

Force, as well as 2017 NHRA Funny Car champion Robert Hight, 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force and winningest female Funny Car driver Courtney Force, toured the UNOH campus. The group met with students in a variety of degree programs and also spent time with the students who participate on the UNOH motorsports team.

UNOH president Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis presented Force with the honorary degree during a special ceremony at the UNOH Event Center. Current students, faculty, staff and special guests were in attendance, filling the center to near capacity.

“John Force is truly a wonderful role model and icon in the motorsports industry,” Jarvis said. “He is not only a championship driver, but he embraces a love for the future of the sport, which lies within many of our students today. John Force Racing has employed UNOH graduates for many years. It was an easy decision to honor a man that has had such a large impact in the racing industry, business community, and educational environment.

“We are thrilled to have John Force join the UNOH family.”