Courtney Force

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Courtney Force-Rahal
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Force in 2015
Nationality American
Born (1988-06-20) June 20, 1988 (age 28)
Related to John Force (father)
Laurie Force (mother)
Adria Hight (sister)
Ashley Force Hood (sister)
Brittany Force (sister)
Graham Rahal (husband) Bobby Rahal (father-in-law)
Debi Rahal (mother-in-law)
Robert Hight (brother-in-law)
Daniel Hood (brother-in-law)
Autumn Hight (niece)
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) career
Debut season 2011
Current team John Force Racing

Courtney Force-Rahal (born June 20, 1988) is a drag racer currently competing in the NHRA. She currently drives the Advanced Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car for John Force Racing. She is the youngest daughter of 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion John Force and his wife Laurie. She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton having majored in Communications. On July 19, 2009, Courtney won her first national event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category at the 22nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington.[1] After her sister Ashley Force Hood announced her retirement from competitive racing, Courtney became the fourth driver for John Force Racing. On July 27, 2014 Courtney passed her sister for the record of most Funny Car wins by a female driver in NHRA history.[2]

Drag racing career[edit]

Force earned her NHRA competition drivers license in 2005 and her Alcohol-Fuel license in 2008.[3] She began racing in Super Comp before graduating to Top Alcohol Dragster (TA/D), along with her sister Brittany, in 2008. She reached the final round twice in 2009, at Seattle and Pomona, picking up the victory in Seattle.[1] Force has raced her sister Brittany on three occasions, beating her every time. She recorded a career best reaction time of .006 in the final event of 2009 at Pomona raceway.

Force's primary sponsor throughout her Super Comp career and first year of Top Alcohol Dragster was Brandsource. In 2009, Force picked up sponsorship by Sanyo, as well as Ford.

During the 2011 season, Force tested a Funny Car and earned her NHRA Funny Car license.

On January 10, 2012, it was announced that Traxxas would be the primary sponsor of Force's rookie season.[4]

Force made her Funny Car debut at the 52nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. She qualified 12th with a 4.199 ET at 307.44 mph. In the first round of eliminations, she defeated Bob Tasca III after running a 4.204 ET at 309.27 mph. In the second round, she lost to teammate Mike Neff despite running a career best 4.143 ET at 313.88 mph.

During the second race of the season, the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, she took out her father in the first round.

On 5 August 2012, Force won her first FC race, by defeating Matt Hagan in the final round of The Northwest Nationals, at Seattle, Washington. She became the third woman to win in FC.[citation needed] Her older sister Ashley was the first, and Melanie Troxel second.[citation needed] Shirley Muldowney, won the IHRA Southern Nationals in 1971 driving a FC. At the banquet honoring the champions for 2012, Force walked away with the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as Rookie of the Year.

To kick off the 2013 season, Force qualified in the number 1 position for the O'Reily Auto Parts Winternationals, becoming the first woman to do so. She would also go on to be the first female Funny Car driver to win that event, beating Ron Capps in the final.

At Kansas in 2014, Force achieved the 100th win by a female driver in NHRA by defeating Cruz Pedregon in the Funny Car final.

Television[edit]

Courtney Force was featured with her family on A&E's reality show Driving Force.

Personal life[edit]

Courtney has two older sisters, Ashley and Brittany.[1] She also has an older half-sister, Adria. Force attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA, where she was a cheerleader.[3] In 2009, she participated in the Ford Fiesta movement and won the Internet's most popular agent award. She is married to IndyCar racer Graham Rahal, who is the son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal.[5] [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Blount, Terry (July 19, 2009). "Courtney Force Continues Family Dominance". ESPN. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Courtney Force wins NHRA Sonoma Nationals". USA TODAY. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Courtney Force". Menstuff.org. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "NHRA Story » Courtney Force, Traxxas team up for 2012 rookie Funny Car run". nhra.com. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (November 27, 2014). "Courtney Force, Graham Rahal announce engagement". Foxsports.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://twitter.com/TerryBlountNHRA/status/668569461343973377

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