Force family tuning up at LVMS ahead of 2020 season
There are many reasons to love Las Vegas. From the nightlife to the gaming to the shopping - everybody loves Sin City. For Brittany and John Force, their love of the city centers around The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brittany had one of the best nights of her career at The Strip last November, when she set both the NHRA speed record at 338.17 mph, and the fastest run record at 3.623 seconds.
"I love this racetrack - I grew up out here and drove super comp," she said. "I finally got my first win here (in 2019) and this is a track I've been wanting to win at for years. Our team got it done last year and it was very special - we set records here. So I'm glad to be testing here - it changes things up and is a little different since we're usually out in Phoenix. But I love this racetrack and it's close to home. We're ready to get this season started."
Brittany, her father, and the rest of John Force Racing - 2019 Funny Car world champion Robert Hight and budding Top Fuel star Austin Prock - are using their three days in Las Vegas to get their crews and cars in order before the NHRA season begins next weekend.
While John says he "doesn't party anymore," with a chuckle, and won't be partaking in any Vegas nightlife, he and his team remain focused on the business at hand - dominating the drag racing world.
"It's good to have a little bit of time off to get your mind mentally out of a rut, but we love racing, so this is where we really want to be," the 16-time world champion said. "Winter was mostly sponsorships - finding money and keeping the ship afloat and keeping people on the payroll. But we're excited to be back here at the racetrack, and who doesn't love Las Vegas? I want to say thank you to Las Vegas for allowing Pro to come in here, and also the NHRA because this gives us a head start on the season."
Brittany, the 2017 Top Fuel world champion, continues to build her brand, and gets a boost in 2020 with sponsors Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac providing the capital to run two dragsters this season.
"For this year, it's just going after more - we want more wins this year and to be in the hunt for another championship and chase down the No. 1 spot," she said.
Brittany finished third in the NHRA standings in 2019 - she's been in the top 10 every season since 2014. While she looks like a natural on the track, it's surprising that this was not a career path she planned on taking.
"I love this sport - but if you would've asked me when I was kid if I would be driving one of these things I would've told you there's no way," Brittany said. "So it has surprised me that I've followed in my dad's footsteps. To have him out here to support me and teach me the ropes - I learn something every time I climb in that car - he's the best teacher out here."
John says that although Brittany won the championship in 2017, she's still learning her trade. Under his watchful eye she has grown into a superstar, and he lights up at the thought of Brittany experiencing the long-term success he has achieved in the sport.
"Brittany's the one that I thought would least want to race," John said of his four daughters. "She went to school and studied to be a teacher. I told her 'try this thing once,' and she did one time down in Florida. She got out of that car after 300 miles per hour and had changed her mind and racing is what she wanted to do. She has a big future in this sport, and we'll see where it goes."
Brittany will try to make it two Las Vegas victories in a row April 3-5 when she and the Force team compete at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Tickets are available here.