A/Fuelers Brittany and Courtney Force Make Progress in First Year POMONA, CA (November 13, 2008) --- As the 44th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals begin today Brittany and Courtney Force will be wrapping up their first ...
A/Fuelers Brittany and Courtney Force Make Progress in First Year
POMONA, CA (November 13, 2008) --- As the 44th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals begin today Brittany and Courtney Force will be wrapping up their first season behind the wheel of the Jerry Darien tuned A/Fuel dragster. The youngest daughters of 14-time Funny Car champion John Force have continued to learn as they have become more comfortable with each pass. As they both look back on the season they know that they have enjoyed their time in the cockpit but they both know they have much to learn.
"I think (this season) has gone pretty good. Brittany and I started the season trading off in one car and then at the US Nationals we started racing two dragsters. We are just getting a lot of practice and we are learning a lot about these cars. We both have gone past first round. We have established what we want to do. I didn't set any high goals for myself for my first year but going past first round was enough for me," said 20-year old Courtney Force.
22-year old Brittany Force looked at this season as one of change stepping up in classification and intensity.
"(This season) has definitely been different and we have had to make a lot of adjustments to get used to the A Fuel Dragster. The cars are completely different when you compare Super Comp to A/Fuel Dragster. I feel like we have made good progress over the year. I am comfortable in the A/Fuel dragster now. When I first began the car was so new, there was so much to learn, and I always get butterflies but it is so much more comfortable now. We didn't get to race the dragsters as much as we did in Super Comp but I think that has helped us focus and take our time. It has been a good year," said Brittany.
As they wrap up the season both racers know that they will continue to learn and they each have very good teachers in older sister Ashley Force and brother-in-law Robert Hight. Hight took time last weekend to help out with the dragsters at the Las Vegas Divisional which was much appreciated but both drivers.
"It is so nice of Robert to help us. We always appreciate him coming out to help out on our cars. I know that is not the one thing he really wants to be doing but then again those guys are so dedicated to being at the races every weekend they can't get themselves away from it. I think it is always fun having our family out there," added Courtney.
Hight was joined at the track by teammates Ashley Force as well as John and Laurie Force giving Brittany and Courtney and all-star family support team. They know that their professionally experienced family members will always be there to help them but they lean on each other just as much.
"It is always nice to have someone right there with you. We travel together. It is just fun having her there because we can help each other out. We ask each other for advice. We are both going through the same process so we know how each other feels. We have made about the same amount of runs," concluded Brittany.