Friday, March 8, 2013
RACER Magazine's Rookie of the Year
The Youngest daughter of drag racing’s 15-time Funny Car champion John Force, is Racer magazine’s run-away choice as Rookie of the Year, voted on by their global readership. The 24-year-old from Yorba Linda, a former national event champion in Alcohol Dragster, reached four Funny Car finals in her 2012 rookie season. She was up against Simon Pagenaud in IndyCar and Daniel Ricciardo in Formula One.
Courtney Force (born June 20, 1988) is a Funny Car drag racer for John Force Racing. She is the youngest daughter of 15-time NHRA Funny Car national champion John Force and his wife Laurie Force. She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton having majored in Communications. On July 19, 2009 Courtney won her first National event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category at the 22nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington. She ended up amassing enough points in that season to win the Top Alcohol Championship. In 2012, after Ashley announced her retirement from competitive racing, Courtney became the fourth driver for John Force Racing, driving the Traxxas Ford Mustang, while at the same time, it was announced that Brittnay would handle the driving duties for a Top Fuel Dragster sponsored by Brandsource.
Drag racing career
Force earned her NHRA competition driver’s license in 2005 and her Alcohol-Fuel license in 2008. She began racing in Super Comp before graduating to the Top Alcohol dragsters (TA/D), along with her sister Brittany, in 2008. She reached the final round twice in 2009, at Seattle andPomona, picking up the victory in Seattle. Force has raced her sister Brittany on three occasions, beating her every time. She recorded a career best reaction time of .006 in the final event of 2009 at Pomona raceway.
Force's primary sponsor throughout her Super Comp career and first year of Top Alcohol Dragster was Brandsource. In 2009, Force picked up sponsorship by Sanyo, as well as Ford.
During the 2011 season, Courtney tested a Funny Car and earned her NHRA Funny Car license.
On January 10, 2012, it was announced that Traxxas would be the primary sponsor of Courtney's rookie season. Courtney Force, Traxxas team up for 2012 rookie Funny Car run
Courtney made her Funny Car debut at the 52nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. She qualified 12th with a 4.199ET at 307.44 mph. In the first round of eliminations, she defeated Bob Tasca III after running a 4.204ET at 309.27 mph. In the second round, she lost to teammate Mike Neff despite running a career best 4.143ET at 313.88 mph.
During the second race of the season, the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, she took out her father in the first round, accomplishing something that only her sister Ashley has done, and that is beat her father.
On 5 August, 2012, Courtney Force won Her first TF/FC race, by defeating Matt Hagan in the final round of The Northwest Nationals, at Seattle, Washington. She became the third woman to win in TF/FC. Her older sister Ashley was the first, and Melanie Troxel second.
At the banquet honoring the champions for 2012, Courtney walked away with the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as Rookie of the Year.
To kick off the 2013 season, Courtney did something no other woman driver in the Funny Car class has ever done, and that is qualify in the number 1 position for the O'Reily Auto Parts Winternationals, she would also go on to be the first female Funny Car driver to win that event, beating Ron Capps in the finals.