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2013 GHSA Annual Meeting
Highway Safety & Technology:
Safely Navigating the Road Ahead
San Diego, California | August 25 - 28
Professional Drag Racer and
Ford Driving Skills for Life Spokesperson
Speaking during Workshop 5 at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26.
Named 2012 National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) Rookie of the Year, 24-year-old Courtney Force is well on her way to an exciting career as a professional drag racer.
The youngest of drag racing icon John Force’s four daughters, Courtney grew up with aspirations of following in her father's footsteps. She now drives a black-and-red Traxxas Ford Mustang capable of zero-to-320 mile per hour acceleration in little more than four seconds in the "Funny Car" drag racing class.
In addition to being named NHRA Rooke of the Year, other first season highlights include: achieving her first Funny Car victory in only her 15th race; posting two No. 1 qualifying positions during the year, with her first at the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis; and being recognized as a 2012 NEXT athlete by ESPN The Magazine.
As a national spokesperson for the Ford Driving Skills for Life teen driver education program, Courtney helps educate teens about the importance of safe driving. In her spare time, the former high school cheerleader enjoys cooking, working out, and relaxing with friends.
Prior to going pro, Courtney attended Cal State-Fullerton, where she graduated with a major in communications.
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