Courtney Force, Graham Rahal evacuated by Blue Ridge Fire

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former John Force Racing Funny Car pilot Courtney Force has a lot on her plate right now. Not only is she close to having her first child, the couple has to be evacuated from her Yorba Linda, California home.

According to Yahoo News, the Blue Ridge Fire is burning out of control. The report says that the wildfire erupted on Monday in Corona, then strong winds moved the wildfire west into Chino Hills.

Former NHRA Funny Car competitor Courtney Force has been evacuated from her Yorba Linda, California due to the Blue Ridge Fire
Courtney Force has been evacuated from her Yorba Linda, California due to the Blue Ridge Fire

By Tuesday morning, it was in Yorba Linda. In her Instagram post, Force said that she and her husband Graham Rahal were safe with family, along with their dogs.

“Already a crazy week with a baby on the way and currently praying over the safety of our home and all of our neighbors, during this #BlueRidgeFire,” Force said on Instagram. “We are safely evacuated with our pups and we are with family. Huge thank you to all the brave firefighters who are out here protecting all of the homes in Yorba Linda and those fighting the nearby fires. We are so grateful for you. 💛 Stay safe everyone. 🙏🏻  #Fire #OCFD

Pro Stock driver Erica Enders was one of the many people, who commented on Force’s post.

“Wow!,” the three-time Pro Stock Champion said. “Praying for you guys! ❤️ “

Force lives in Yorba Linda with her famous IndyCar husband Rahal – who completed his racing season on Sunday in the Streets of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. He finished ninth in the race, according to Racing Reference

Not only does Force and Rahal live – where the former Traxxas and Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot grew up – her family is from Yorba Linda, including her legendary father John Force. John Force Racing has its headquarters in Yorba Linda, as well.

Force retired from NHRA competition in January 2019. She competed in the sport for seven seasons.

She is the winningest female Funny Car driver in NHRA history with 12 wins. Force also had 28 No. 1 qualifiers in her career.

The house that Force and Rahal has been evacuated from was up for sale for $8 million earlier this year. The home is a 8,235 square-foot mansion with five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Rahal and Force bought the home in November 2017 for $6.1 million.

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