Brittany Force and the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster once again started an NHRA national event on a positive note. They posted the third quickest elapsed time of the first qualifying session.
“As a team, we were very happy with our first run out today in the Castrol Edge Top Fuel dragster. We ran a 3.82 and hung onto the No. 3 spot throughout the first session. I’m very excited that we could make a really good run early. It did have a hole out and that slowed us down quite a bit on the run. I felt it shaking down there so I was very surprised when I hopped out of the car at the top end of the track and heard what it ran. It was a good number and gave us some room to try and improve on the next pass,” said Force.
“Being able to come out here and qualify in the top half of the field and have a consistent race car. It makes you feel confident as a driver. It gets everyone pumped up from the crew chiefs to the crew guys. It gets our mind and our focus in the right place.”
In the second session the team did not improve but they made another consistent run a 3.837 second run. The run gave the whole team confidence in their tune-up and their chances of improving on a race day set-up. The rookie team is racing a pink Top Fuel dragster as part of the national “Paint the Track Pink” program with Lionel.
“People are definitely excited to see the pink Castrol EDGE dragster. Fans are coming up and are excited to see the pink car. You are really painting the track pink when you go out there and put up a good number like that 3.82. I am hoping running well like that will bring more awareness to breast cancer research. I want people to get involved. There are so many ways for people to get involved whether it is going to Target and buying something with a pink ribbon or buying our die-cast dragster from Lionel so a portion of those proceed goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation. I think that is what people want to see. I have been driving my same paint scheme all season and now we have something new,” said Force.
The entire team is behind the program and Force was pleasantly surprised to see her crew guys jumping on the pink bandwagon today.
“I came out this morning and some of my guys were decked out in Castrol EDGE uniform shirts with pink stripes and some were wearing pink Vans or shoes with pink laces. They had it all going. It was cool to see us all supporting this cause together and having fun,” added Force.