DATE OF BIRTH: July 8, 1986
Brittany Force 2017
Brittany Force had a breakout season in 2016, winning for the first time and contending for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship with her Monster Energy dragster.
But Force is out for more in 2017: More wins, more No. 1 qualifiers – and the Top Fuel World Championship for John Force Racing.
“Everyone starts at the same playing level, and we all have the same goals in mind,” Force said. “I want more wins this year, I want to go after that championship.”
Force demonstrated her ability to compete for a title last season, bursting through with her first career victory in the third race of 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. She qualified No. 5 and beat Morgan Lucas, Tripp Tatum, Dave Connolly and Terry McMillen en route to the victory and a spot atop the Top Fuel points standings.
She followed that victory up in the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte two races later, spending four weeks in the No. 1 spot of the standings. Force also won later in the year in Brainerd, Minn., and finished sixth in the final standings.
It was a successful first season with new leadership of the Monster Energy team. Brian Husen served as crew chief, with famed tuner Alan Johnson serving as consultant on Force’s dragster. The combination will return intact for 2017 as Force battles for her first championship.
Force holds the third-quickest elapsed time in Top Fuel history with her 3.676-second pass at Topeka, Kan., last year. And her top speed of 331.53 mph is just outside the top 10 of all-time fastest runs.
The Topeka run earned her the fifth No. 1 qualifier of her career, and she added No. 6 at Chicago later in the season.
Force started her career by earning her Super Comp dragster license under the watchful eye of NHRA Funny Car Champion Jack Beckman, who was her teacher at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School. She raced in the entry-level class (along with sister Courtney) for three years before moving to Top Alcohol Dragster for three more seasons.
Force turned professional in 2013, and her rookie season proved fruitful, as she won the Auto Club Road to the Future Award as the NHRA’s top first-year driver. She joined sisters Ashley and Courtney and JFR teammate Robert Hight in winning the award. She also earned RACER magazine’s Rookie of the Year for all motorsports for 2013.
The 2014 season was even better, as Force earned three No. 1 qualifiers, raced to four final rounds and reached the Countdown to the Championship – NHRA’s version of the playoffs – for the first time. Force and sister Courtney made history at Topeka that year as they raced to the No. 1 spots in their respective classes to become the first ever sisters to qualify No. 1 in professional categories the same event.
In 2015, Brittany Force added another No. 1 qualifier and raced to two more final rounds.
Like her 16-time NHRA world champion father and her sisters Ashley and Courtney, Brittany is fiercely competitive. When the helmet goes on, the visor comes down, and her dragster rolls up to the starting line, she’s ready to win.