Force puts teaching on hold, named JFR’s first-ever Top Fuel dragster pilot

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

John Force Racing has primarily been a Funny Car team. Not anymore, as the team has finally added a Top Fuel Dragster.

Brittany Force was announced as the latest addition to John Force Racing, Inc. at a press conference on Thursday at the John Force Racing corporate headquarters in Yorba Linda, California.

John Force Racing has announced Brittany Force as the team’s first-ever Top Fuel Dragster pilot
Brittany Force has been named John Force Racing’s first-ever Top Fuel Dragster pilot (Photo by Gary Nastase/John Force Racing)

Force will drive the Castrol Edge Top Fuel Dragster. Her dragster will be tuned by Dean “Guido” Antonelli and assistant crew chief Eric Lane.

“It really is a big honor to be the first to drive a Top Fuel dragster at John Force Racing,” said the 26-year-old who will be the third Force daughter to turn pro. “This team has done so much over the years to evolve and adding a Top Fuel car into the mix I believe will help us continue to grow as a team.

“Being able to drive the first JFR Top Fuel dragster with my dad’s support and with Castrol EDGE as my sponsor is still very surreal to me but I think it’s something we’re all excited about and I’m going to do the best job that I can.”

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The Cal State Fullerton graduate is the second youngest of the four Force daughters. With this announcement, her teaching career has been put on hold.

Instead of going to a classroom to work, Force will now have a 330 mph hot rod as her office.

“My plan from the very beginning was to go to college and earn a Bachelor’s Degree before really pursuing racing,” Brittany said. “I earned my B.A. in English and then did an extra year to earn my teaching credential. I never had intentions to go right into teaching, I just wanted to get school finished because I knew that if I took a break from it, I would never go back to finish.”

John Force Racing now has four drivers. Three of them are in Funny Cars – John Force, Robert Hight, and Courtney Force.

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