FORCE'S TWO YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WARMING UP TO THE FAMILY BUSINES S Brittany, Courtney Drive Matching Brand Source Dragsters LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- One week removed from a breakout performance in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston, Texas,...
FORCE'S TWO YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WARMING UP TO THE FAMILY BUSINES S
Brittany, Courtney Drive Matching Brand Source Dragsters
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- One week removed from a breakout performance in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston, Texas, Courtney Force, the youngest daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, can't wait to get back in competition at this week's seventh annual SummitRacing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
A 17-year-old senior at Esperanza High School in Yorba Linda, Calif., Ms. Force won four rounds of racing at Houston Raceway Park in a Super Comp dragster sponsored by BrandSource.
Her older sister Brittany, 19, a sophomore at Santiago Canyon College, will compete this week in an identical dragster, one capable of reaching speeds of 180 miles per hour. Both sisters are racing at the national level for the first time this year.
Courtney was one of the last six survivors in an 86-car Super Comp field at Houston and although she lost in round five on a foul start, it was an experience that has strengthened her resolve to follow her dad into the family business.
"I'm pretty excited," she said. "I was in total shock after I won the second round. Then I went past the third and fourth round and it was awesome."
Now she's focused on LVMS, a track on which she was the No. 1 qualifier at last fall's Lucas Sportsman Series event.
"I feel more comfortable in the car," she said following her Houston success. "It proves that I can do it and (that) I can go more rounds. I'll really excited to be racing again in Vegas. Hopefully, I'll do even better."
Despite her success, Courtney admitted to being somewhat overwhelmed, especially on Sunday.
"I lost sleep over it because I was so excited to (be racing) on Sunday," she said. "I tried to stay focused (because) I didn't want to psych myself out. I was really pumped up for it racing with my dad, my sister Ashley (a standout in the Top Alcohol Dragster category) and all the pros.
"It was really fun to go out there and see so many more people in the stands. It was nerve racking, but I had some fun."
As for Brittany, she hopes to follow Courtney's lead this week.
"The more that you are in the car, the more you learn," she said. "You can learn from watching other people race, like Courtney or Ashley, but, really, you pick up so much more information from being in the car.
"I still get butterflies in my stomach when I get in the car and I'm still a little nervous, but it's a lot better than the first time I got in a Super Comp car. I used to have a little checklist and I would think 'I have to do this and this and this' and now it is much more natural. It's like when you hop in your regular car. You really don't think about all the things you do when you drive."
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Notable: Brittany and Courtney, along with older sister Ashley, are the stars of Driving Force, a real-life series that debuts on A&E Network in July.