NHRA DRAG RACING
unleash the beasts!
SeRIeS PReVIe W
If the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
teaches us anything each year, it’s that the
competition is so close, you can’t rely on
trends, nor on trends lasting for more
than a handful of events.
Brittany Force’s Top Fuel adventure will be a journey of discovery for the whole JFR organization.
JOHN FORCE RACING HAS ENTERED NHRA TOP FUEL, AS BRITTANY STEPS UP TO NITRO POWER
force in a different direction
Brittany Force, the third of John Force’s
four daughters to race professionally, is,
like older sister Ashley and younger sister
Courtney, famous before she’s ever won a
round. Brittany, who has driven 170mph
Super Comp dragsters and 270mph A/Fuel
dragsters, is already a star to fans, but in
2013 she steps up to drive John Force
Racing’s first Top Fuel dragster.
“It’s still kind of surreal,” says Ms. Force,
who recently completed her teaching
degree and may head for the classroom
“everything was a blur at first, and
the end of the track comes up so
much faster in a Top Fuel car”
when her driving days are behind her.
“Everything was a blur at first, and the
end of the track comes up so much faster
in a Top Fuel car than it did when I was
racing A/Fuel, but I’m getting used to it.
AND LI’L SIS
Courtney Force got
her 2013 Funny Car
campaign off to the
best possible start at
Pomona, scoring the
second win of her
career after her JFR
Ford Mustang beat
the DSR Dodge of
Ron Capps in the final.
My dad can’t tell me everything like he
did with Ashley and Courtney because
he’s never driven a dragster.”
The car is tuned by Dean “Guido”
Antonelli, who was the crew chief on
John’s Funny Car for the past two years.
“I’m excited about this,” says Brittany,
who has big shoes to fill. Every family
member who preceded her – brother-in-law Robert Hight (2005), sister Ashley
(2007), and sister Courtney (2011) – was
named NHRA Rookie of the Year.
88 SPRING 2013