"Next Generation" Super Comp Team
Super Comp UPDATE - (June 8, 2005)
The John Force Racing’s “Next Generation” racing program continues to take shape with the youngest Force daughters – Brittany & Courtney, and Megan the daughter of Auto Club of Southern California president - Tom McKernan. These three young, talented and beautiful girls were testing and racing their Super Comp dragsters last week at the California Dragway in Fontana, CA.
John Force rented the dragstrip on Thursday to give all the girls plenty of seat time and practice before the weekend’s Lucas Oil Super Comp Association point’s race. Brittany, Megan and Courtney all logged in about 12 runs each that day and showed great promise. They were able to get individual runs, as well as plenty of side-by-side runs to prepare Megan and Brittany for the Saturday and Sunday races.
Roger Conley is the head crew chief and tuner for all three cars with Jack Beckman as assistant crew chief. Jack is not only racing himself in the NHRA events this year, but he’s also a Frank Hawley Drag Racing School instructor that taught all three girls to drive their Super Comp racecars. Also part of the race crew was the Force girl’s uncle – Robert Hight along with Shane Whaling and Eric Boutchyard from the CNC Machine Shop at the Force Racing facility in Yorba Linda. John Force watched on with fellow “proud” father Tom McKernan as each of the girls took instructions, and listened intently before and after each pass down the quarter mile. All three had great reaction times, and ran very close to the 8.90 second index for this class.
RACEDAY #1 – Saturday June 4, 2005
In the 64 car Super Comp field that showed up at California Dragway, Megan McKernan was able to claim the No. 1 Qualifying spot. After several rounds of racing Megan made it to the 5th round out of 6 rounds. This was quite an accomplishment after her first competitive day of racing.
Brittany took her Super Comp dragster into the 2nd round before losing with a malfunction in the car. Courtney is racing the dragster that her older sister Ashley got her racing start with. A new Victory Race Cars dragster is being built for Brittany and Courtney will take over driving this car in about a month.
With day one behind them, both Brittany and Megan prepared themselves for day two race on Sunday.
John Force was very impressed with how well California Dragway - track manager, Dave Danish and his crew prepared the racetrack and ran the races both days. Force commented, “these guys do a great job and the really make it fun to race at this local hometown track. It gives a lot of racers a great place to race and pit at a first-class facility”.
RACEDAY #2 – Sunday June 5, 2005
Sunday’s race was a big Force family reunion, as Ashley and her mom Laurie flew in from Memphis where Ashley had been racing her Castrol/Hot Wheels dragster to see the “Next Generation” girls go a few rounds; along with their other sister Adria and the newest Hight/Force newborn – Autumn.
Everyone took the day in stride as Megan lost in the first round and Brittany was able to take her car into the 3rd round before being eliminated. The high point of the day was Brittany’s perfect reaction time in the 2nd round of .000. John Force commented, ‘that’s why we’re training these girls early so they’ll be perfect on the tree when they take on the funny car boys someday in the future!!!”
Not only were the girls racing that weekend, they were also the main attraction of a new “reality TV show” featuring the Force Family that is being pitched to several networks at the present time. Brent Travers was on hand with a small film crew to capture the day of racing with the two youngest Force daughters.
John is currently designing and refitting an 18-wheel transporter to haul all 3 Super Comp dragsters of Brittany, Megan and Courtney to several races this year. “Currently we are close to signing a new sponsor that we’ll be introducing to drag racing”, said Force. “This is going to be a great opportunity for these girls to represent a large national company and get their feet wet doing appearances while being filmed for the reality TV show that we’re also working on”.