From a big picture standpoint, John did what he had to do in order to give his racing empire hope for the future. He was no stranger to sacrifice, and he made one of the biggest sacrifices of his career for the opportunity to pull into the staging lights at the start of the 2021 season. Now, with the new season underway, John Force Racing is back where it belongs, to the delight of the sport and the millions of drag racing fans. While the team is a bit thinner, forced to eliminate its second Top Fuel entry driven by Austin Prock, it’s picked up right where it left off in terms of performance.
For Brittany Force and her Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster, there’s been no better remedy to move on from the dark cloud of 2020 than to once again put on her fire suit, strap on the helmet, buckle into her land rocket, and churn out sub four-second 1,000-foot runs at well over 330 miles per hour. She’s already amassed a decorated career as only the second woman to win a Top Fuel Championship, in 2017, and has 10 National wins to her credit. She also happens to be the Guinness World Record holder for both speed (338.17) and elapsed time (3.623) in Top Fuel.
Considering she was born into a family built on winning and breaking barriers, it’s not a surprise to see Brittany follow in the successful footsteps of both her father and brother-in-law, and continue to carry the torch for the new generation of Force racers now that both of her sisters, Ashley and Courtney, have hung up their helmets.
With the fastest job on the planet, the slow pace and isolation of the past year could not have been more different than the life Brittany is accustomed to. However, even when things appeared to be at their lowest, she never lost her sense of positivity. She and the rest of the Force family experienced joy in their personal life by welcoming Harlan, the daughter of Courtney Force and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, while on the racing side the Monster Energy Top Fuel squad remained largely intact for the 2021 season. The latter being of particular importance for the team to pick up where it left off prior last season’s pause, where Brittany sat second in points with a pair of top qualifying efforts.
Given the challenges of the last year, internal motivation has been a driving factor for Force heading into the new season. Sitting idle while the rest of her competitors continued to compete meant there was an added layer to the team’s preparations compared to everyone else. With a championship on her mantle and plenty of race wins to her credit, Brittany’s ability to climb back into the cockpit and rediscover that winning form is of minimal concern, as is her crew’s ability to get the car running quick passes with consistency. After all, these are the best of the best in the sport. However, getting back to the rhythm, routine, and all around hectic pace of being at the races - from practice to qualifying to race day eliminations - is something that many would assume might take some time following such a long layoff. After all, with total teardowns and rebuilds of the car and engine following each and every run, the amount of pit work required of an NHRA crew is unprecedented in racing. For her part, Brittany has focused on visualizing her team’s success and is using that as inspiration to get the entire Monster Energy team back into winning form.