Brittany and Courtney Force talk year of women in NHRA. The 2014 season in the NHRA has been the ‘year of the women.’ During the events leading up to Indy, many historic milestones have been reached by our female racers who race head-to-head against their male counterparts.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will be at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg on Aug. 27-Sept. 1.
Brittany Force, daughter of John and sister to Courtney, has raced to three final round appearances this season but hasn’t won. She is on the cusp of earning her first career victory and it could come at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. If she or Leah Pritchett, who is also entered into the event, can secure a victory, it would be the first time in the history of the NHRA there has been a female winner in each of the four professional categories in a single season.
The 2014 season in the NHRA has been the ‘year of the women.’ During the events leading up to Indy, many historic milestones have been reached by our female racers who race head-to-head against their male counterparts.
In May, Courtney recorded the 100th win by a female racer in the sport when she won the event in Topeka against two-time world champion Cruz Pedregon. At that time, 14 different women had won events that added into the 100-victory total.
This season we also had a husband and wife face each other in the finals with the wife, Angie Smith defeating her husband, and team owner Matt, in the finals. With the win, she became the 15th different female to win in the history of the NHRA.
Courtney continues to write a new chapters in the NHRA record books when she defeated her father in the finals to win the event in Sonoma. The win, her career fifth, made her the winningest female Funny Car racer in the history of the sport.
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders-Stevens has four wins this season and is the current points leader in the category. When Enders-Stevens took the points lead following the Las Vegas event it marked the first time in the history of the NHRA a female has led the Pro Stock points category.