Brittany Force, 32, Yorba Linda, Calif.
2017 Top Fuel World Champion
2013 Road to the Future Award (NHRA Rookie of the Year)
Birthday: July 8, 1986
Low E.T.: 3.644
Top Speed: 333.66
Final Rounds: 19
No. 1 qualifiers: 10
Brittany Force’s drag racing career is highlighted by her 2017 NHRA season. Brittany made history by becoming the first woman in 35 years, and only the second ever, to win drag racing’s ultimate prize, a Top Fuel World Championship.
Brittany was only sixth in points with one win in two final round appearances entering the 2017 Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs, but was unstoppable thereafter. She piloted her 11,000-horsepower dragster to four final rounds while winning three of the six races. She sealed the deal with a dominating performance in the season-ending Auto Club Finals at Pomona, Calif.
In that race, she qualified No. 1, set track and event records and became just the 12th pro driver to end a championship season with a wire-to-wire victory in the final event. It was a “three-hat” win for Brittany, who got a green hat for qualifying No. 1, a yellow hat for winning the race and a white one for winning the championship.
Coming off her championship season, Brittany was faced with adversity. She opened 2018 with a devasting crash at the Winternationals hosted at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the same track where she had won the world championship just two months prior.
Brittany finished 2018 fifth in the points standings with a win, runner-up finish and two No. 1 qualifiers. She qualified in the top 3 three out of the six races in the Countdown to the Championship including a No. 1 qualifier at the Carolina Nationals where she went on to runner-up. The strong showing in the Countdown jumped her from eighth to her finishing fifth spot.
Brittany began her drag racing career in the Sportsman Series driving in Super Comp for three seasons and then Top Alcohol Dragster for three more. She has been competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for seven years and won the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award as the NHRA’s Rookie of the Year in 2013. Brittany won her first NHRA national event in 2016 at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., she finished that season with three victories.