Courtney Force Confident Heading to

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 10, 2014) - Courtney Force has spent the last two weeks in Brownsburg, Ind. working with her Traxxas team on improvements to her Ford Mustang Funny Car and participating in events such as Indy Cars and Coffee with boyfriend Graham Rahal. Now, the 25-year-old is ready to get back behind the wheel and take the reins of her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals this weekend.

“I have been in Indy making the cockpit feel more comfortable since Phoenix. Little changes can always make a big difference and we obviously don't want to change anything too drastically. We're still learning about this car and we will have it coming back around soon. I have no doubt about that,” said Force.

John Force Racing teams stayed over in Phoenix after the last NHRA event two weeks ago to make a couple laps and test their hotrods before returning home and prepping for Gainesville.

“I think it has been great for our Traxxas team to have those couple weeks off in between because we were able to stay over and test some things in Phoenix on Monday after the event. My Traxxas Ford Mustang team is ready and excited to go in to Gainesville and I have high hopes that after testing we will be able to start turning things around starting here,” said Force.

Last year at Auto-Plus Raceway, Force qualified in the No. 13 spot and beat her father, now 16-time Funny Car Champion John Force, in the first round on race day, but fell in quarterfinals to Del Worsham.

“Gainesville has always been a tough track for our teams in the past which makes it that much more of a challenge coming out to Gainesville and makes us hungry for that win. However, the fans are always great at this track. They pack them in every year and the fans keep you excited and motivated with their high energy to be out at the track. We’re ready to give them a great show,” said Force.

Being just two races into the season thus far, Force is anxious to get back on track, prove herself and show what her Traxxas Ford Mustang is capable of.

“I'm very happy for my teammates and how well they have done with their early-season successes and it definitely doesn't frustrate me, but makes me excited and determined to get things turned around for myself and my team. We have great cars and an experienced brain trust behind all our teams at John Force Racing. I'm confident that it's only a matter of time before we're back where we need to be. There's absolutely no reason to be frustrated after only two races which is why we are staying positive and determined,” said Force.