Brittany Force Set For Top Fuel Debut
YORBA LINDA, Calif. – Drag racing icon John Force introduced his daughter Brittany as the newest addition to the John Force Racing, Inc., driver lineup Thursday during a press conference at JFR corporate headquarters.
Brittany Force will make an historic professional debut, not as driver of a JFR Ford Funny Car but, instead, as driver of a new JFR-built Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster prepared and maintained by crew chief Dean “Guido” Antonelli and assistant crew chief Eric Lane and powered by the Ford BOSS 500 nitro motor.
“It really is a big honor to be the first to drive a Top Fuel dragster at John Force Racing,” said the 26-year-old who will be the third Force daughter to turn pro. “This team has done so much over the years to evolve and adding a Top Fuel car into the mix I believe will help us continue to grow as a team.
“Being able to drive the first JFR Top Fuel dragster with my dad’s support and with Castrol EDGE as my sponsor is still very surreal to me but I think it’s something we’re all excited about and I’m going to do the best job that I can.”
A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, the second youngest of Force’s four daughters, has put a potential teaching career on hold while she learns the family business from the seat of a 330 mile an hour rolling “office.”
Although she earned her teaching credential and completed her student teaching assignment, the second youngest of Force’s four daughters never planned to immediately seek a job in education.
“My plan from the very beginning was to go to college and earn a Bachelor’s Degree before really persuing racing,” Brittany said. “I earned my B.A. in English and then did an extra year to earn my teaching credential. I never had intentions to go right into teaching, I just wanted to get school finished because I knew that if I took a break from it, I would never go back to finish.”
The new season, which begins Feb. 14-17 with the 53rd running of the O’Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, will be the first in which every JFR race car is driven by a member of the drag racing icon’s immediate family.
While Brittany vies for rookie honors in Top Fuel, her father, brother-in-law (Robert Hight) and younger sister (Courtney Force) will compete for the first Mello Yello Funny Car championship in hybrid Mustangs sponsored by Castrol GTX, the Auto Club of Southern California and Traxxas, respectively.
“I will always have teaching to fall back on if things change down the road,” said the former star of the A&E real life series Driving Force, “but I am very happy with where I am and where things are heading.”
“I have many goals for next year and can’t wait to get started in Pomona. One of my goals is to really get to know my guys so that we can become a strong team together. My other goal is to get my first win in my Top Fuel car as a rookie driver.”