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Auto Club Rookie of the Year Candidate

Courtney Force, a national spokesperson for Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life initiative, wasted little time in showing off her competitive skills at the wheel of the 8,000 horsepower Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car in which she is vying this year for the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Road to the Future Award that identifies the NHRA’s Rookie-of-the-Year.

Driving one of the world’s most powerful race cars, a hybrid Mustang capable of zero-to-315 mile per hour acceleration in little more than four seconds, Courtney already has done something that her dad, 15-time champion John Force; her sister, two-time MAC Tools U.S. Nationals winner Ashley Force Hood; and her brother-in-law, 2009 champion Robert Hight, never did – and that is win her first professional racing round.

A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, where she earned a degree in Communications, Courtney is making the most of the opportunity to compete at drag racing’s highest level.

Her preparation included a six-year apprenticeship in Super Comp and Top Alcohol followed by private tutoring in her big sister’s Drag Racing 101 class and a full season of testing last year in her own John Force Racing Ford Funny Car.

Finally racing against her father (whom she defeated in their first head-to-head meeting at Phoenix, Ariz.), her brother-in-law, teammate Mike Neff and the rest of the Funny Car contingent is the realization of a lifelong dream for the former high school cheerleader who Force identified early-on as the daughter most likely to follow him into a family business that has produced 17 world championships in the last 22 seasons.

“Ashley never thought about driving until she went to driving school,” Force admitted. “Brittany wanted to be a schoolteacher and Adria (who is married to Hight) always was into business and music but Courtney always wanted to race.”

Now she is getting the opportunity under the watchful eye not only of Force, but of co-crew chiefs Ron Douglas and Scott Wible, who directed her to the semifinal round in just her second pro start.

Like sister Ashley, who first leapt to prominence outside the race car when she won AOL Sports’ inaugural “World’s Hottest Athlete” contest (2007), Courtney similarly sped into the spotlight after being named “Top Agent” in the Fiesta Movement, a Ford marketing program in which 100 “agents” drove Ford Fiestas and then shared their experiences on various national social media platforms.

On the track, she also mimicked her sister’s success by driving one of veteran Jerry Darien’s race cars to the Top Alcohol Dragster title at the 2009 Northwest Nationals at Seattle, Wash.

Statuesque like her mother, Laurie, Courtney was one of the stars of Driving Force, the real-life TV series that aired for two seasons on A&E Network. Most recently, she was second among auto racing drivers in ESPN’s NEXT poll, which seeks to identify the “next big things” in all the major sports..

“This is what I’ve always dreamed of,” said the 23-year-old rookie, “and to have my sister Ashley and my dad teach me makes it that much better. I also have great teammates in Robert and Mike to lean on and get insight from. I’m just going to learn all I can and see where it takes me.”

“It’s been a little overwhelming,” she said of all the fan and media attention. “I’m just excited to finally be able to race a Funny Car. I always dreamed of going three hundred miles per hour and it’s just awesome to be finally be out here racing.”

Of her initial victory over her father, she said, “I hated beating him even though I’ve dreamed about racing him for such a long time.”
Courtney’s performance numbers, even in testing, were good enough to impress her sponsor – which takes no small amount of effort. After all, Traxxas is responsible for developing the technology that produced the XO-1, a radio-controlled hobby racer capable of 100 mph performance in a blistering 4.92 seconds.

No doubt that both driver and sponsor are solidly on the fast track to success.



Courtney Force

*Beat Alexis DeJoria in the first meeting between the two Rookie-of-the-Year candidates in the opening round of the 25th annual O’Reilly Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. 

*Became just the second woman driver in history to beat her father, drag racing icon John Force, when she got the better of the 15-time champion in the first round of the 2012 NHRA Arizona Nationals at Phoenix, just her second pro race.

*Beat veteran Chris Demke in the final round to win the Top Alcohol Dragster championship at the 2009 NHRA Northwest Nationals at Seattle, Wash.

*In 2010, guided her Top Alcohol dragster to a safe stop at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, Wash., after the right rear tire failed, taking with it a major piece of the rear stabilizing wing.  The incident was the catalyst for her transition to the Funny Car class.


*In her second pro start, advanced to the semifinals at Phoenix, Ariz., before losing to her brother-in-law Robert Hight, the eventual race winner.

*After qualifying for her debut event at the wheel of the Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car, Courtney beat Bob Tasca III in round one, becoming just the second John Force Racing driver ever to win his or her first round with the sport’s most successful team.

*Spent the season testing a BrandSource-backed Ford Funny Car at selected NHRA events.

*Named a spokesperson for Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life initiative.

*Began focusing on an eventual transition to Funny Car racing after her Top Alcohol Dragster suffered extensive damage at Seattle, Wash., when the right rear tire failed and took out a major piece of the rear stabilizing wing.

*Top Alcohol Dragster runner-up to Jim Whiteley at the season-ending Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway, Pomona, Calif.

*After beating her sister Brittany in an all-Force semifinal, outraced Chris Demke in the final round to win the Top Alcohol Dragster title at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Seattle, Wash.

*Qualified No. 1 in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston, Texas.



TRAXXAS Ford Mustang

2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Summary:


(LEGEND: Underlined figures indicate BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE EVENT ;
*indicates track record; **indicates NHRA national record)


Date    Event                                       Site                              Q         Result              Performance   Standing


2-12     Winternationals                       Pomona, CA               12th      2nd Rd Loser   4.143/313.88        6th  

2-19     Arizona Nationals                    Phoenix, AZ                12th      Semifinalist     4.099/307.30        6th

3-11     Gatornationals                         Gainesville, GL           11th      1st Round        4.136/306.12        7th


4-1       Summit Nationals                   Las Vegas, NV            4th        1st Round        4.147/309.91       7th

4-15     4Wide Nationals                      Charlotte, NC              12th      1st Round        4.151/301.47       9th

4-29     Spring Nationals                      Houston, TX                7th        2nd Round       4.126/309.98       9th


5-06     Southern Nationals                 Atlanta, GA                9th        2nd Round       4.138/309.42      10th

5-20     Summer Nationals                  Topeka, KS                 8th        1st Round        4.109/310.13       9th

6-3       SuperNationals                       Englishtown, NJ          13th      Semifinalist     4.098/311.70       9th   


6-17     Thunder Valley Nationals        Bristol, TN                   13th      1st Round        4.131/304.60       9th

7-1       Route 66 Nationals                 Joliet, IL                       12th      Runner-Up      4.116/310.13       7th

7-8       Summit Nationals                   Norwalk, OH               6th        2nd Round       4.140/304.80       8th


7-22     Mile-High Nationals                 Denver, CO                7th        Runner-Up      4.212/297.34       6th

7-29     Sonoma Nationals                  Sonoma, CA               5th        1st Round        4.059/312.71       7th

8-7       Northwest Nationals                Seattle, WA                 14th      WINNER         4.164/301.33       6th


8-19     Lucas Oil Nationals                 Brainerd, MN             12th      1st Round        4.100/310.41       7th

9-2       Mac U.S. Nationals                 Indianapolis, IN           1st        2nd Round       4.049/317.27       6th


Countdown to the Championship:


9-16     O’Reilly Nationals                   Charlotte, NC              6th        1st Round        4.109/309.70      7th    

9-23     AAA Fall Nationals                  Dallas, TX                   1st        2nd Round       4.081/308.21      6th

9-30     Midwest Nationals                   St. Louis, MO              4th        1st Round        4.073/309.70      6th


10-7     Auto-Plus Nationals                Reading, PA                5th        1st Round        4.028/319.60      6th 

10-28   Big O Tires Nationals              Las Vegas, NV            6th        Semifinalist     4.091/313.51      6th

11-11   Auto Club Finals                      Pomona, CA               4th        Runner-Up      4.032/318.24      5t




Residence:               Yorba Linda, Calif.

Birthdate:                 June 20, 1988

Car:                            Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car

Performance:          4.028 seconds, 319.60 mph @ 1,000 feet

NHRA Full Throttle Series Summary (2012)

                             Final                        No. 1                          Top     Won-Lost   Points
Year   Starts    Rounds     Wins    Qualifier  Low ET    Speed    Record       Pos.

Fuel Funny Car:
2012      23            4            1             2               2             1      25-22     5th
Totals:   23            4            1             2               2             1      25-22   5th