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Courtney Force, Traxxas team up for 2012 rookie funny car run

Published: January 16, 2012

Courtney Force will finally get to show what she can do on the track as the driver of an 8,000-horsepower Ford Mustang sponsored by radio controlled vehicle manufacturer Traxxas.

The 23-year-old daughter of 15-time National Hot Rod Association champion John Force will make her professional driving debut Feb. 9–12 in the 52nd annual Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

"For Traxxas, Courtney represents more than just a female driver on the track. The family that she comes from has been racing and she’s been a part of racing all of her life. She’s not just another girl at the racetrack, she’s a girl that has John Force DNA embedded in her and it shows," said Mike Jenkins, Traxxas’ president.

The NHRA is a drag racing organization founded in 1951 with more than 20 racing categories, including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Courtney learned drag racing basics in a Super Comp dragster, honed her skills in a Top Alcohol Dragster and then tested for a full year in a BrandSource Ford Mustang Funny Car.

"I’m excited to finally be getting ready for my first professional race," Force said. "This is what I’ve always wanted to do, and to have had my sister Ashley, my dad, brother-in-law Robert Hight and Mike Neff teach me makes it that much better. I have had the best teachers. I’m just going to learn all I can and see where it takes me."