Heading into the Countdown, Courtney Force was sixth in the Funny Car points standings. She had six first or second round defeats in a span of eight events. But, since the playoffs have started, her success has gone up. Force, has stormed up to third in the standings with just three races left. In fact, she has made it to the final round in two of the three countdown races and is looking to close the gap even more this weekend at Texas.
But, she’s hoping the little extra motivation by having a new car will help too.
Force’s Camaro is wrapped in hot pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, celebrated each October. Force had a hand in picking out the special shade of pink, which will adorn the car at this weekend’s AAA Texas FallNationals at Texas Motorplex and the subsequent, penultimate race of the season in Las Vegas.
“For us, this is going to be an exciting race, debuting our new car, and teaming up with Young Survival Coalition to help bring awareness of and educate people about breast cancer,” Force said. “I’m really excited to bring about the awareness in my pink Funny Car and for the fans to see it. This is really important to me. I worked with our graphic designer Brandon Baker to pick out the color and Advance Auto Parts to pick out the livery.”
Force is also working with fellow Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria and other female drivers to bring awareness to breast cancer, and signing autographs at special women driver-only autograph sessions in Dallas and Las Vegas. Additionally, women over the age of 40 are able to have mammograms performed at a special location at the track the next two events.
While the outside of car will be different for the next two races, Force’s mindset remains the same and the goal of winning an NHRA title hasn’t changed. The Yorba Linda, Calif., driver jumped from sixth to third in the opening event of the six-race Countdown to the Championship, which ultimately determines champions in NHRA’s professional categories. Her back-to-back finals appearances in Charlotte and Reading has her fighting for the title behind leader Ron Capps and teammate Robert Hight.
Fortunately for Force, she can draw on past successes at Texas Motorplex as she looks to close on the points lead. She won at the Dallas-area track in 2014 and has a pair of No. 1s to her credit.
“We had great momentum going over the last three races that were held all in a row,” Force said. “It was nice to have a break, and now, we’re ready for Dallas. Sure, we have some gaps in between races now, so I’m hopeful we can continue to carry that momentum, but honestly, we have a great race car.”