Brittany Force wrapped up her sophomore season in 2014 driving the JFR Top Fuel Dragster. Once again, the 27 year-old will be a serious threat to the competition in the next lane during the 2015 NHRA® Mello Yello® Drag Racing season. To say 2014 was a steep learning curve for the second-youngest daughter of John Force would be an understatement, but she’s ready to make some noise and win races.
With the highs and lows of any competitive sport, Brittany showed she had the right attitude, skill and determination to be a Top Fuel pilot every time she got behind the wheel. In 2014 she raced to four runner-up finishes (Phoenix, Joliet, Denver, and Reading) and started from the No. 1 spot three times (Topeka, Bristol and Sonoma). She had top speed of the meet at three of 24 events and posted a new career best ET and speed in Reading, Pa. with a stellar 3.733 second run at 329.91 mph.
Early in 2014, Brittany was award RACER magazine’s Rookie of the Year for all Motorsports. With a staggering 78 percent of votes, Brittany lapped the rookie field. Her Nearest contender was Carloz Munoz, whose second-place finish on his Indy 500 debut earned him nine percent of the poll.
At the 2014 NHRA Kansas Nationals, Brittany and her sister Courtney Force made history as they both raced to the No. 1 spots in their respective classes. It was Brittany’s first Top Fuel No. 1 and it came at a track she has raced throughout her career. The pair became the first ever sisters to qualify No. 1 in professional categories the same event.
Also in 2014 and for the second year in-a-row, Brittany won the fan vote for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout and competed as the eighth and final entry in the specialty race during one of the biggest and most prestigious NHRA events of the year, the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indy.
Brittany never has driven anything but dragsters. After 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 up to the Top Alcohol Dragster class. Driving for Jerry Darien and BrandSource, she was the No. 1 qualifier at the 2009 SuperNationals at Englishtown, N.J., and at the 2010 O’Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif., her home track. Brittany spent all of 2012 testing in a Top Fuel dragster, logging almost 80 runs before becoming a professional Top Fuel driver.
Brittany won the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award and became the 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year. It’s a fitting title that has also been bestowed upon sisters and Ashley, Courtney and brother-in-law Robert Hight.
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. That’s what NHRA Mello Yello drag racing is all about.
Finishing in the top-ten in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel points, her best finish to date, Brittany is more driven and focused than ever to get her first Top Fuel win in 2015.