July 7, 2015
With her wedding coming up later this year, Courtney Force still has her top focus on winning in the Funny Car ranks. Fresh off a runner-up finish in Norwalk, Ohio at the 9th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Courtney Force is more than anxious to get back in her Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car for the thirteenth stop along the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series tour. The 18th Annual Lucas Oil Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by General Tire will give Force the opportunity to go for the win, only days after her first final round appearance of the season, the fourteenth of her young career.
“I can’t wait to get back in the seat of my Funny Car especially after a solid final round appearance last weekend in Norwalk. Our team has so much more confidence just after last weekend and how well we did. They gave me a great race car all weekend and it was consistent through race day and we almost had it in the final. Of course heading into a final round always boosts your confidence the following weekend and motivates everyone that much more to go out and try to repeat,” Force said.
Chicago was the site of Force’s first ever Funny Car final round in 2012 during her rookie season. She qualified No. 12 that weekend and dismissed Bob Tasca III, Robert Hight and Alexis DeJoria before coming up short in the final round beside veteran Jeff Arend. In the past two years, Force has qualified in the top half of the field at both Chicago events, claiming a No. 5 position and a No. 7 position, both good for lane choice on race day.
“Our Traxxas team has done well at this track in the past so I’m hoping we can continue that luck here this weekend. We are fully focused on collecting qualifying points and pushing towards getting our car qualified in that top half. We did a great job closing that gap from the No. 11 spot to the No. 10 spot and if we can keep picking up points in qualifying we can give ourselves less work to do on race day,” Force said.
Today, the 27-year-old Funny Car driver is the winningest female in Funny Car history with seven tour victories and has the most Funny Car wins by a female in one season with four (Topeka 2014, Sonoma 2014, Dallas 2014, St. Louis 2014). She raced to the 100th professional win for women in the NHRA last year in Topeka and has started from the No. 1 position eight times since her Funny Car debut.
“Looking back to the start of our season to now, our team has made a lot of progress and we have made some big strides lately which is showing in our performance. We had ourselves set back in points, but are really coming together as a team and closing the gap. We are all excited for this weekend and hoping to leave in the top 10. This weekend will take a lot of hard work, but we are up for the challenge,” said Force who currently sits in the No. 11 position in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car point standings, just five points behind Alexis DeJoria in the No. 10 spot.