Seattle, Washington –August 5th, 2012-
Courtney Force drove her Weld Racing wheel equipped Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car to the winner’s circle for the first time in her career.
Force, the youngest daughter of 15-time Funny Car world champion John Force and sister of the first woman to win in Funny Car, Ashley Force Hood, earned her first career Funny Car victory at the same track where she earned her first victory in the Lucas Oil series in 2009.
“I remember coming out here and getting my Top Alcohol Dragster win,” Force said, “I looked at that Wally and remember thinking how much I couldn’t wait for the day I could get one that said Funny Car on the side. Being that it’s my rookie season, I didn’t expect it to happen this year at all. This is my learning season. I’m doing everything I can to be the best at what I’m trying to do.”
“To have both me and Erica in the winner’s circle is awesome,” Force said. “We’re not just out here to race the boys, we’re here to beat the boys, and today just proves that.”
This win is a dream come true for the rookie Funny Car driver who has dreamed of competing in Funny Car with her dad since she was a seven-year old girl. “It was huge,” Force said. “Seeing that win light, I really couldn’t believe it. Getting that victory and having to take out my dad in the process was a huge accomplishment. I was listening to my guys on the radio, and I was yelling back at them. As a kid being in a tow truck watching my dad race, I told myself I wanted to be out there racing against my dad.”