First there was Ashley Force, now Ashley Force Hood. Ashley was a very good Funny Car driver and was second in the points in the 2009 season. She retired from racing in 2010 when she announced she was expecting the birth of her first child. Ashley is now the the President of John Force Racing.
Courtney Force, after driving alcohol dragsters sucessfully for a couple of seasons, was promoted to a Funny Car seat for the 2012 season. Courtney had a very successful 2012 season winning two NHRA national events. Courtney’s 2012 season was topped off by being named to the 2012 AmericanCarsAmericanGirls.com Baddest and Best Female Drivers. Her 2013 season has started well.
Now in 2013 Brittany Force will be joining her sister Courtney as a driver. She will be driving a Top Fuel Dragester for the John Force Racing Team.
There is the oldest daughter, Adria Force Height. She was never a driver but is married to John Hight, one of John Force Racing drivers. Adria is CFO of John Force Racing. Pictrues of Adria a difficult to come by. She is standing next to John.
Cute, sexy, affable, smart, wins races, wins events, wins championships and now has made the AmericanCarsAmericanGirls.com’s 2012 Baddest and Hottest 2012 Female Driver list. She has it all.
Courtney is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. In 2009 She won her first National event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category and ended up amassing enough points in that season to win the Top Alcohol Championship. In 2012 Courtney became the fourth driver for John Force Racing, driving the Traxxas Ford Mustang. In 2012 season she went on to went to win a National event and 5th in the 2012 NHRA Funnt Car points.
A fun video of Courtney. Be sure and get through the first 35 seconds of the video.
The O’Reilly’s Winter Nationals at Panoma Ca. kicks off the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series this weekend,Feb.9-12. Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions dominate the series. For the 2012 season the Funny Cars could prove to be the most intersting division. More on that later.
Top Fuel — Among the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 7,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters are often referred to as the “kings of the sport,” and with good reason. They are capable of covering a quarter-mile in 4.4 seconds at more than 330 mph. Powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 500-cubic-inch adaptation of the famed Chrysler Hemi engine, Top Fuel dragsters can burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane fuel during a single quarter-mile run. Constructed of chromoly steel tubing and carbon-fiber composite, Top Fuel cars are 25 feet long and weigh 2,250 pounds in race-ready trim.
Del Worsham driving the Al-Anabi Top Fuel Dragster was the 2011 Champion. Del has since retired and will be the crew chief for the Al-Anabi Funny Car that will be driven by Alexis DeJoria. The plot thickens in the Funny Car section.
Funny Car — Similar to their Top Fuel counterparts but with a shorter wheelbase and a carbon-fiber body that loosely resembles a production-based automobile, Funny Cars routinely run in the 4.7-second range and are capable of speeds in excess of 330 mph. Funny Cars are powered by the same supercharged and fuel-injected 500-inch engines as Top Fuel dragsters. Funny Cars are also similar to Top Fuel dragsters in that they do not use a transmission but rather transmit power to the huge Goodyear rear slicks through a multistage clutch assembly that is activated by timers.
Matt Hagan driving the DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing was the 2011 Funny Car Champion.
Here’s where things get really fun. For the 2012 season we have Alexis DeJoria, a good driver and daughter of billionaire Paul Michell Hair Co. CEO Paul Dejoria, going againist Courtney Force, daughter of legendary Funny Car driver John Force and sister of former driver Ashley Force, for Rookie of the year award in The Funny Car series. John Force is still an active driver while Ashley has started a family and has retired from driving. Ashley was a very good driver.
I regret to say that R2B2 Racing has cancelled it’s Funny Car teams so as of the writing of this article Melanie Troxel and Leah Pruett do not have rides.
Pro Stock — Often called “factory hot rods” because of their resemblance to production-based automobiles, Pro Stock cars are some of the most technologically advanced machines in drag racing. Built around a sophisticated tube chassis and four-link rear suspension, Pro Stock cars must conform to precise measurements and weigh no less than 2,350 pounds. Pro Stock engines use two carburetors and spec gasoline and are restricted to a maximum of 500 cubic inches. They can rev to more than 10,500 rpm and make in excess of 1,300 horsepower. A competitive Pro Stock car can run in the 6.6s at more
Jason Line driving the Ken Black Summit Racing Pontiac GXP was the 2011 Pro Stock champion.