John Force Racing (JFR), National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) most successful Funny Car team has announced a historic expansion that will give it a presence in the Top Fuel category for the first time in its 35 years of drag racing.
Drag racing icon John Force introduced his daughter Brittany as the newest addition to his driver lineup during a press conference at JFR corporate headquarters in Yorba Linda.
Brittany Force, a graduate of Cal State Fullerton is the second youngest of John’s four daughters and has put her professional teaching career on hold while she learns the family business from the seat of a 330 mile-per-hour “rolling office.” During pre-season testing she has already become the “Fastest Force” with a run of 3.85 seconds at 319 miles per hour powered by the potent FORD BOSS 500 nitro engine developed in collaboration between JFR and Ford Racing.
While the teacher may be the student in her rookie season for the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, it’s not without some prior experience. The 26-year-old Brittany is moving up to Top Fuel after five years in the Top Alcohol Dragster class.
The NHRA season opens with the Winternationals in Pomona Feb. 14-17 with JFR running just three Funny Cars instead of four as in past years but with the addition of Brittany and the new Top Fuel entry.
Brittany has several goals this year including getting her first win in Top Fuel as a rookie driver. She is following her sister Courtney who won “Rookie of the Year” title in 2012 piloting a JFR Funny Car sponsored by Traxxas to qualify for every race last year, got her first win at Seattle and made the “Countdown to the Championship.”
Information for the 2013 NHRA Winternationals is available at www.NHRA.com.