DATE OF BIRTH: June 20, 1988
Courtney Force 2017
Courtney Force is unquestionably one of the superstars in the sport of drag racing, emerging from the long shadow of her 16-time champion father to be a consistent race winner and championship contender of her own.
Courtney Force’s accolades include winning eight races in her career and finishing in the top 10 of the final Funny Car points standings in five of her six seasons racing on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
She’s also shown a flair for the dramatic, winning the special Traxxas Nitro Shootout at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 2016 and recording the 100th victory by a female driver in NHRA at Topeka, Kan., in 2014.
All the while, she’s become one of the sport’s most popular drivers. She has appeared on numerous magazine covers, including Speed Sport News, National Dragster, Drag Racing Action and Autoweek over her career. That popularity has shown in other sports, too – she was on the cover of ESPN The Magazine (for The Body Issue).
As she chases her first Funny Car championship, Force will drive the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS in 2017 as a result of a new partnership between a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, Courtney Force and John Force Racing.
Force’s assault on the 2017 title continues with her team leadership intact, as Danny Hood returns as crew chief and Ronnie Thompson as co-crew chief. The combination bounced back from a tough season in 2015 to win in Houston, win the Traxxas Shootout, race to three final rounds, snare one No. 1 qualifier and finish sixth in the 2016 Funny Car points standings.
The former high school cheerleader earned a degree in Communications from Cal State-Fullerton and is now making the most of her opportunity to compete at drag racing’s highest level. Her preparation for a pro career included a six-year apprenticeship in Super Comp and Top Alcohol dragsters.
After turning pro, Force set the drag racing world on its ear, winning at Seattle and racing to four final rounds in her rookie year of 2012. She finished fifth in the Funny Car standings to earn the Auto Club Road to the Future Award as NHRA’s top rookie.
Force won the 2013 season-opener and then beat her father to win in Epping, N.H. A year later, Courtney Force finished fourth in points during a stellar season where she won four times. Her victory in Sonoma, Calif., put her atop the list of Funny Car wins as a female.
Force has qualified for all 119 races she’s entered in her career, with 10 career No. 1 qualifiers. She has career bests of 3.854 seconds (elapsed time, Dallas, 2016) and 331.45 mph (speed, Topeka, 2016).