1: 4 CAREER BEST ET: 3.676 (Topeka, 2016) CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.53 mph (Reading, 2015) Brittany Force 2017 Brittany Force had a breakout season in 2016, winning for the first time and contending for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship with her Monster Energy dragster.
But Force is out for more in 2017: More wins, more No.
"I just believed whatever he said, and that was the route we were going to take." Flash forward to 2016, and Laurie, 65, is the matriarch of a drag racing dynasty.
Verizon Indy Car Series driver Graham Rahal and NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force exchanged vows Saturday on the edge of a cliff at the Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif.
Later, the guests went to a rustic and elegantly appointed barn for dinner and dancing.
Dinner included filet mignon and lobster, chicken or a vegetarian dish.
Courtney Force’s accolades include winning eight races in her career and finishing in the top 10 of the final Funny Car points standings in five of her six seasons racing on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
She’s also shown a flair for the dramatic, winning the special Traxxas Nitro Shootout at the Chevrolet Performance U. Nationals in Indianapolis in 2016 and recording the 100th victory by a female driver in NHRA at Topeka, Kan., in 2014.
Brian Husen served as crew chief, with famed tuner Alan Johnson serving as consultant on Force’s dragster.
They've had a whirlwind romance since meeting at one of her races near Chicago in June 2013, and their end-of-the-season wedding in Santa Barbara, California, will unite two of American motorsports' most prominent racing families.
"Obviously, the first attraction was, I thought he was very handsome, and he was into cars, which was No. "But once we started to date and everything started to unravel, I realized how our lives are very similar." Which cannot be understated.
When he first drove a fast car in front of her on a back street in Bell Gardens, California, the car hit a curb, flipped over a railroad track and caught fire.
"I look back now and I was pretty foolish," Laurie says.