Brittany Force enters her sophomore year competing in Top Fuel driving her Dragster. Once again, the 26 year-old will be a serious threat to the competition in the next lane during the 2014 NHRA® Mello Yello® Drag Racing season. To say 2013 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 Driven Stronger every time she got behind the wheel. It didn’t go unnoticed by the racing press either. Sport journalists from around the globe let their voices be heard and 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 and Courtney.
Brittany is also a quick learner; you have to be when strapped into race car that has a 10,000 horsepower nitro breathing engine behind your head propelling you down the strip at over 320 mph in less than four seconds. This is not for the faint of heart and is very challenging, even for the most experienced drag racer. On a three second pass, sometimes you have to lift; other times its pedal to the metal, knowing when is what makes a championship driver and Brittany showed that throughout the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello season. Maybe it’s the Force DNA but one thing for sure; Brittany’s Driven Stronger and represents the next generation of drag racers looking to set new records and win championships.
Brittany perfected her trade at an early age. By contrast, Brittany never has driven anything but dragsters. After earning her Super Comp dragster license under the watchful eye of reigning 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 pent all of 2012 testing in a Top Fuel dragster, logging almost 80 runs on many of the same tracks on which she will be competing this season.
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 Castrol EDGE Dragster rolls up to the starting line, she’s ready to take no prisoners. Remember, on race day, they’re no do overs, second chances or make ups. It’s winner take all and advance to the next round of competition. That’s what NHRA Mello Yello drag racing is all about; ground pounding Dragsters and Funny Cars that can rotate the earth in a blink of an eye. It can either make, or break you as a driver so it’s game on for Brittany.
Brittany also made it to her first NHRA Top Fuel final round appearance at the Car Quest NHRA Nationals in Phoenix at the second tour stop of 2014. She faced Antron Brown, the NHRA 2012 Top Fuel Champion, and in a close race, Brittany runner-up with a stout 3.793 second run to Antron’s winning 3.755 second elapse time.
Currently positioned in the top-ten in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel points, Brittany is more driven and focused to get her first Top Fuel win. She knows the competition is tough but she’s Driven Stronger and won’t rest until she’s achieved her dream of a NHRA Top Fuel world championship for the Castrol EDGE team.