Stepping Up and Keeping Racing Options Open
Brittany Force is not what you expect. She is her own person, no matter the circumstances. That makes her both a source of pride and one of frustration for her father, 15-time Funny Car Champion John Force. She is simultaneously passionate about racing and conscious of keeping open her options for a career outside the “family business.”
In fact, the 25-year-old graduate of Cal State-Fullerton already has satisfied all the requirements to begin a career as a schoolteacher. That said, she still is drawn to an inherent “need for speed” that this year will act as test driver with Dickie Venables as crew chief in a new three-rail JFR BrandSource dragster, in the sport’s ultimate category, Top Fuel.
One of the stars of the A&E Network series Driving Force, which ended a two-year run in 2007, Brittany raced for several seasons with and against younger sister Courtney, 23. The two first drove Super Comp dragsters before graduating to A/Fuel BrandSource sponsored dragsters prepared and maintained by veteran Jerry Darien.
Always more rebellious than older sisters Adria and Ashley, while in college Brittany initially eschewed a job at John Force Racing, Inc., in Yorba Linda, Calif., to work instead outside the family business.
Like her father and sisters, Brittany is intensely competitive once she gets to the track and climbs into the cockpit. Nevertheless, a career in racing is no certainty. She also loves teaching. Right now, she’s content simply to keep all her options open while enhancing her growing reputation and living up to the moniker her students gave her as “the world’s fastest” female schoolteacher in their town when she was behind the wheel of her 270+ mph BrandSource A/Fueler.
Still seeking her first national victory, Brittany was the No. 1 qualifier in the Top Alcohol Dragster division at the NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown, N.J., in 2009 and at the Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., in 2010. She lost to sister Courtney in the semifinals of the 2009 Northwest Nationals at Seattle, Wash.
Although the three-rail BrandSource dragster was built to race Top Fuel utilizing the JFR-developed Ford BOSS 500 nitro motor that currently powers four JFR Mustangs and Bob Tasca III’s independently-campaigned Ford, it could be retro-fitted to run in the Top Alcohol Dragster category in 2013. Brittany led by returning JFR veteran tuner Dickie Venables will be a test driver of sorts as she takes this chassis through its paces as part of the expanding John Force Racing technology and safety programs which has the support an interest of all sponsors at JFR from Ford Racing to Castrol to Auto Club to Mac Tools.
At the end of this season Brittany will evaluate where she wants to take her career. She will have a number of options that could include more testing and the necessary financing to take the next step to Top Fuel in the Full Throttle series or if she heads back to the classroom she could continue to get fill her need for speed on the Lucas Oil Series as her schedule allows. Continuing a trend she has followed her whole life she’ll keep the pedal to the metal and her options open.