John Force Racing’s Courtney Force who drives the Advanced Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car. Force’s 10th career victory came ten years after her sister Brittany took the first victory for a female driver in the NHRA.
Speaking following her second win of the season, Force said:
It was great to get a win here in Atlanta at the track my sister Ashley (Force Hood) got her first Funny Car win (2008 Southern Nationals). All day long I thought getting a win here would be so cool especially because Ashley is here with us. She doesn’t come to a ton of races so I am glad she can be here to celebrate with me and my team,” Courtney Force said. “I grew up watching Ashley and to see everything she has accomplished in the Funny Car category is great. She has been a mentor and I have always looked up to her. She has always been there to give me advice or anything I needed from my rookie season until now. It has been great to have her support and Brittany’s support. They are my best friends. It will be cool to be in the winner’s circle with them.
Force who was in the less desirable left lane beat Cruz Pedregan 4.038 pass at 313.12MPH to take the win. Force said:
We lost lane choice in the second round and the semis but we kept fighting. “We were dropping holes and hitting that bump down there. We managed to get it tuned up and stopped it from dropping holes and, with the win in the left lane, we got lane choice in the final round.
Force’s crew chief Brian Corradi commented by saying:
The second round run was not as easy as it was in Q3. It’s trying out here. “I can’t imagine what Courtney thinks when she looks out the front of that windshield and all she sees is tire smoke. She did a great job getting that win over Wilkerson. In the semis we needed everything to work. She did a great job driving and we had the right tune-up. The racetrack is what it is and we’re running the best we can on it. Danny and I are doing our best to give her a consistent race car.