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COURTNEY FORCE

DOB: 06/20/1988

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

In a Funny Car category once considered the last bastion of male dominance in professional drag racing, Courtney Force has emerged as the woman most likely to win it all at the wheel in which she already has eleven tour victories.  The youngest daughter of drag racing legend John Force and graduate of Cal State-Fullerton where she majored in Communications, Courtney has become the face of Mello Yello drag racing not only through her success on the track but her success off it as well.

Already the winningest woman in Funny Car history, she has finished in the top five in three of her six pro seasons, has won the prestigious Traxxas Nitro Shootout (2016) and was the 2012 winner of the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award which identifies the NHRA Rookie of the Year.  Courtney has led the Funny Car point standings, held the national record and, most importantly, won the respect of her peers for her resilience in the wake of engine fires, supercharger explosions and even a bone-jarring crash in 2016 at Seattle, Wash. that moved a concrete guard wall more than two feet.

From a very early age, Courtney was the daughter Force identified as “most likely” to follow in his footsteps. An inherent “need for speed” took her from a Super Comp dragster to an A/Fuel dragster, in which she won at Seattle, Washington in 2009, and finally to a 10,000 horsepower Funny Car where she has covered the standard 1000-foot course in as few as 3.815 seconds.  Now, Courtney is focused on completing a journey begun more than 10 years ago by big sister Ashley, who broke the gender barrier in the Funny Car division with her victory at Atlanta in 2008. Two years later, she finished second in the driver standings behind current champion and JFR teammate Robert Hight. Ashley then retired to start a family.

If Courtney is able to take that final step, it will be a championship shared vicariously by Ashley, now a vice-president in charge of video production at JFR, because her husband, Dan Hood, is crew chief on Force’s Camaro.

 

Over 30 Years in Motorsports

It’s in our blood.

At PEAK®, we’re not afraid to mix it up with the big boys. This is why we’ve been actively involved in motorsports for over 30 years. We identify with the straight shooters like John Force and Clint Bowyer, just two of the truly great racers who’ve been part of the PEAK family throughout the years.

Today, PEAK still aims to shock the motorsports establishment partly as a way to showcase the excellence and competitive quality of our family of brands, but mostly, because it’s so much fun. Look for our drivers and teams to challenge the heavy hitters in NASCAR, NHRA, and Dirt Late Model racing!