If there’s just something about a woman that can handle a fast car, then there’s something even better about a girl that can race a fast car and become the winningest female driver in the NHRA in just a few years of professional racing. Such is the story of young racing star Courtney Force, a 26 year-old Funny car driver hailing from a line of racing superstars collectively known as “The First Family of Racing”. In the three short years since becoming a professional driver, Force has broken records previously held by none other than her own sister, has already amassed five career wins, and has graced countless magazine covers, including ESPN’s The Body Issue.

Advertisement

Courtney Force Wins Her 100th Race

Courtney Force Wins Her 100th Race

 
Growing up in Anaheim, California, Courtney spent her time away from school at the track with her father, the legendary John Force. To say that racing runs in her blood would be an understatement – John Force is arguably the most dominant drag racers in the sport with 134 total career victories and 16 Funny car championship titles. But the Force family racing talent doesn’t just stop with him. Ashley Force Hood and Brittany Force both followed in their father’s footsteps and have made a name for themselves in the drag racing circuit. Ashley Force became the first woman to win a Top Fuel Funny car title in 2008 and Brittany also scored her own notable career highlight in 2013 by earning the Auto Club Road to the Future Award (NHRA Rookie of the Year). It was only a matter of time before Courtney, the youngest of the Force sisters, would join her father and sisters in continuing the family’s racing legacy with titles of her own. Not one to wait, she began training for her career in drag racing while studying for a degree in Communications from Cal State-Fullerton.
 

CourtneyForce-595-Main

ForceAd2

Race Legend and Courtney's Father, John Force

“I grew up watching my dad race and I knew that was what I wanted to do. I went to Cal State-Fullerton and I got a degree similar to Ashley’s. She has a degree in Radio and Television; mine is in Communications. When Ashley got her start in Funny Car I couldn’t wait to join my family in the funny car ranks. I knew from the time I was a little kid I wanted to be a racecar driver,”

After attending Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and tutoring by Funny Car champion Jack Beckman, Force completed a six-year apprenticeship in Super Comp and Top Alcohol dragsters. Later, she completed a private tutoring in sister Ashley Force Hood’s “Funny Car 101″ class and earned her Funny car license after a full season of testing.
 

Advertisement

Now a full-fledged racing pro herself, Force sits behind the wheel of a 10,000 horsepower Traxxas Ford Mustang capable of a 4-second, zero-to-320 mile per hour acceleration and regularly competes against some of the best male drivers in the sport – and wins. Some of her most notable victories with the John Force Racing drag racing team include the top spot at the 2009 Seattle NHRA race in Top Alcohol Dragster in NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the number one position at the O’Reily Autoparts Winternationals in 2013 (where she became first female driver to do so), and beating her father at the 2014 Sonoma Nationals to become the winningest female driver in Funny car history. Other career highlights include receiving the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Road to the Future Award in her rookie season, recognition as a 2012 NEXT athlete by ESPN The Magazine, holding her spokesperson role for the Ford Driving Skills for Life program for three years running, and being recognized by RACER Magazine as their Rookie of the Year in 2012.

courtneyforce3