(AP) - Mac Tool has extended its sponsorship with John Force Racing through 2017.
The deal was announced Thursday. The partnership began in 1996, and Mac Tools has been with Force for 13 of his titles and 177 Funny Car national events.
Force heads into this weekend's finale at Pomona, Calif., for a coronation of sorts after winning his 16h Funny Car championship. But he is also 64 and at a crossroads. Longtime sponsors Ford and Castrol motor oil are leaving at the end of 2014, and he's searching for replacements to keep John Force Racing running.