15-Time Champ to Appear with Drag Racing Daughters Ashley, Brittany and Courtney
John Force wanted boys. What the 15-time drag racing champion got was girls. Fortunately, while his daughters inherited a sense of style from their mother, they still got a healthy dose of competitiveness from their dad.
It’s a combination that has made them among the most popular and successful young drivers in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.
Ashley Force Hood, 28, Brittany Force, 26, and Courtney Force, 24, will join their famous father and a collection of his iconic drag racing Funny Cars Saturday (Oct. 13) for a special appearance at Wal-mart world headquarters followed by a 9-10:45 a.m. autograph session at the Wal-mart Supercenter at 406 S. Walton Boulevard.
The elder Force is the most prolific winner in drag racing history. In addition to 15 individual championships, the most recent in 2010, the 63-year-old Force Family patriarch is the only pro driver to have won as many as 100 tour events (currently 134 and counting) and as many as 1,000 racing rounds.
As for the girls, Ashley is a three-time former winner of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., drag racing’s version of the Daytona 500, and a former Rookie-of-the-Year. Courtney is the consensus choice to win this year’s Rookie of the Year honor on the strength of three final round appearances and a breakthrough win at Seattle, Wash. Brittany has been testing this season in a 320 mile-an-hour Top Fuel dragster in anticipation of a 2013 pro debut.
While their father graduated from the school of hard knocks, all three girls earned BA degrees from Cal State-Fullerton. Brittany, in fact, earned her teaching credentials before opting to make a detour into the cockpit of one of the fastest vehicles on the planet.
Ashley, who currently is on hiatus from the tour, spends her days utilizing her degree in Communications to run John Force Entertainment in Yorba Linda, Calif. Courtney and her dad are between races this week. Both qualified for the NHRA’s Countdown to 1 playoffs which conclude with races at Las Vegas, Nev., and Pomona, Calif.
Force, who has won at least one NHRA tour event in 25 seasons, this year already has extended to 28 the number of consecutive seasons in which he has finished in the Top 10 in the driver standings at the controls of a series of drag racing Funny Cars sponsored by Castrol GTX.
Inducted earlier this year into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala., Force last week drove his Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford to a finish line speed of 317.79 miles per hour after negotiating the 1,000 foot course in 4.038 seconds. Courtney was even better in her Traxxas Ford Mustang with a time of 4.028 seconds and speed of 319.60 mph.
Among the eight cars on display will be the “Superman” version of Force’s Castrol GTX Mustang, the hybrid in which he earned the largest single weekend payday in the sport’s history ($210,000). Also in the mix will be the 25th Anniversary Castrol GTX Mustang in which the 15-time Auto Racing All-America selection won the 2010 championship.
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