(September 11, 2012) – Since the moment Courtney Force stepped out onto the stage at John Force Racing headquarters and announced her debut into NHRA’s professional Funny Car category with Traxxas by her side, the team and 24-year-old driver have impressed many in the racing community with their various accomplishments in such a short amount of time.
“I was so thankful to have Traxxas come on board at the start of 2012, not only for my team, but for all of our John Force Racing. They gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m so proud to be a representative for them. Since the beginning of this season, I have learned so much in the seat of my Ford Mustang Funny Car.
“At the start of 2012, my main goals were to use my rookie season as a learning year and I had high hopes of qualifying at each event. I didn’t expect to accomplish all that we have so far. This season has been such an amazing experience,” said Force.
This week, Force returns to zMAX Dragway in Charlotte for the second time this season. She will compete at the fifth annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, the first race in the Countdown to the Championship.
“I’m so nervous going into the first race of the countdown in Charlotte because I know that every round and every point we can gain counts. However, our Traxxas team is going into the countdown with confidence and drive because we know we have a fast race car and one that is capable of giving my competitors a run for their money,” said Force.
Force’s first encounter with the track recognized as the “Bellagio of Dragstrips” came back in April in only her fifth career start. Force qualified No. 12 and experienced “Four-Wide” racing from the seat of her brand new Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car.
“I definitely gained a lot of experience competing in Charlotte at the Four-Wide Nationals because I learned how to drive my race car and how to adjust my driving to go with a different kind of Christmas Tree and 3 other cars in the lane next to me. Although it felt very overwhelming at the time, it was such a cool experience to be a part of,” said Force.
Since the start of her career, the youngest Force daughter and her Traxxas team led by Ron Douglas and Dan Hood have managed to stay in the top ten in the point standings, get their first event win at Seattle in only their 15th start and most-recently set a track speed record along with a No. 1 qualifier effort at Indy.
“It’s a very overwhelming feeling. All of our accomplishments so far this season are because of my sponsors who have supported me, my teammates who have taught me, and my Traxxas team who has given me a great Funny Car. I feel confident going into the countdown and we’re going to do the best we can through these next few races to gain points and knowledge and go after that trophy,” said Force.
In addition to her record-setting performance at Indy, Force’s 4.049 second run scoring her the No. 1 spot also stands as her new career-best ET (elapsed time).
Force says she is ready to go into the Countdown at Charlotte with a clean slate and an open mind. She was able to lock-in the No. 6 spot in the points and will begin the Countdown to the Championship 70 points out of the lead.
“It’s been a crazy, busy year so far, but we’re just getting started,” said Force.