John Force Racing and all the professional drivers on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit return to the great state of Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. For Top Fuel’s Brittany Force, it’s a return to familiar territory.
Force competed at the Texas Motorplex back in 2008 when she was still competing her top alcohol dragster, but unfortunately did not make the final field in her only appearance at the track. She has come a long way since her days racing in the super comp and A/Fuel categories. Now racing in a Top Fuel dragster, the first in John Force Racing history, the 27-year-old daughter of racing legend John Force is ready to continue her stride as she prepares for the event.
“I’m glad to be going back to Dallas,” Force said. “It’s always comforting as a driver when you return to a racetrack that you raced at before. You have a good feel for the track if it pulls in certain lanes, like pulls you in or pulls you to the outside, if there’s dips in the track, little things like that help me out as a driver. I’m excited to get back there and see what this Castrol EDGE team can do.”
The Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award nominee is coming off a strong weekend in Charlotte, where she ran her career best elapsed time of 3.816 seconds as well as her second consecutive race of qualifying in the top half of the field. It has been an up and down season for Force and the Castrol EDGE team, but as time passed, they made huge improvements in the right direction and show no signs of slowing down.
“I’ve done the best job that I can and I’ve worked my butt off,” said Force. “I have had my ups and downs, I’ve made mistakes, and you can only learn from those mistakes. I always try to do that; you have a mistake; you can’t let it get you down. You have to learn from it and hopefully improve from there.”
Crew chiefs Dean Antonelli and Eric Lane also have help from two of the best in the industry. John Medlen and Castrol GTX crew chief Jimmy Prock have been assisting the team over the last couple of races and have made progress.
“Working with John (Medlen) and Jimmy (Prock), I mean they are two of the smartest guys in the industry,” Antonelli said. “Medlen was part of the original three-brain trust that John (Force) had in the 90’s and early 2000s when it was just a two car team. He brings a lot to the party and Jimmy obviously has success in dragster and is bringing us some real good knowledge, so it’s an honor to work with them.”