Traxxas, the Fastest Name in Radio Control, congratulates Courtney Force, the fastest Funny Car driver in NHRA history and driver of the Traxxas Funny Car, on claiming the coveted Wally on Sunday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The win on Sunday marked Force’s fifth career win and made her the winningest female driver in Funny Car history. Courtney’s first win of the season at Topeka, KS qualified her for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout and, with the victory in Sonoma, she is now 4th in points going into the shootout.
Sunday’s elimination rounds opened with Force in the No. 1 qualifying position. Both Courtney and John Force advanced to the final round, and set the stage for a Force family final. Courtney had lane choice over her father as they went to the line, a decision that can make or break a run. Courtney, unfazed by racing her legendary father, was first off the line and got the hole-shot. John hooked up strong and raced by Courtney, leading to the 660-ft mark. Courtney powered her way back around to take the win when John’s tires began to haze. Courtney piloted the Traxxas Funny Car to an elapsed time of 4.253 seconds with a speed of 296.24 mph, crossing the line about 57 feet in front of her father.
“It’s cool to reach #5,” said Courtney, “I’m very proud of my team because obviously I wouldn’t be here without them and the hard work that they put in. I’m only as good as my team.”
Between the excitement of the qualifying and elimination rounds, race fans had the opportunity to visit the Traxxas display. Fans were able to see the scaled-down version of the winning Traxxas Funny Car at the product display, enter a give-a-way, watch high flying demonstrations of the Slash 4X4 and E-Revo Brushless Edition, and try their hands at driving a Traxxas vehicle at the Try-Me-Track.
Traxxas athlete, Courtney Force, also stopped by the Traxxas display to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
Look for the whole Traxxas team in Seattle as the NHRA Western Swing wraps up with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
Courtney’s Sonoma Race Stats
Qualifying -- 4.045 ET at 319.22 mph
Round 1-- 6.631 ET at 96.06 mph
Round 2 -- 4.276 ET at 293.15 mph
Round 3 -- 4.235 ET at 293.86 mph>
Finals -- 4.253 ET at 296.24 mph
Fastest Speed in NHRA History (This is a separate stat that is not related to the Sonoma race)
Courtney Force – 325.37 mph