COURTNEY FORCE’S WINTERNATIONALS WIN LANDS TV IN FANS HANDS AT POMONA
POMONA, CA (February 17, 2013) — In an epic final pitting a wily veteran versus the one of the fastest rising stars on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Courtney Force and her Traxxas Mustang defeated Ron Capps at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals today. At the season opening race Force outran a tire smoking Capps with an event best 4.025 second run at 311.12 mph. This was her second career win and a 55” flat screen TV went to Steve Divine of Barstow, California compliments of BrandSource and the “Win with Force” promotion.
“I never thought when I came to the races today I would be leaving with a big screen TV. I have been a John Force fan all my life. We were here yesterday and today. I can definitely use a new TV and I want to thank BrandSource and John Force Racing,” said Divine from Force’s winner’s circle celebration.
On Sunday Force out ran Phil Burkhart Jr. in the first round then beat Matt Hagan in the second round. Her only hiccup of the day came in the semi-finals when her Traxxas Ford Mustang smoked the tires but luck was on her side as Bob Tasca III red-lit handing her the win light. In the final it was all Courtney all the time as her Traxxas team gave her the quickest and fastest race car of the weekend.
“This is amazing. Being the first Mello Yello event champ is amazing. To win here at my home track makes it that much better. I am so excited but I owe this one to my team. My guys worked so hard trying to get that Traxxas Fird Mustang back up to the starting line for the final. They didn’t have a lot of time but they did a great job,” said Force. “They gave me a great car that ran a 4.02. Every single one of those guys in those Traxxas uniforms earned this. I have to thank my crew chiefs Ron Douglas and Dan Hood. They gave me a quick and fast race car. I love driving it.”
At each NHRA national event when a JFR team qualifies No. 1 a lucky fan that has signed up at the JFR Win with Force display located in Nitro Alley will be eligible to win the BrandSource No. 1 Qualifier Award, a front loading washer and dryer set. If a JFR driver wins the event a different fan will win the 55” flat screen TV Winner’s Circle Award from BrandSource.
Fans can sign up to win at the John Force Racing interactive midway display. This 53-foot trailer will be in the Nitro Alley area of every NHRA Full Throttle Series national event in 2013. The “Win with Force” promotion now includes JFR team partners Castrol, BrandSource, Ford, AAA Auto Club of Southern California, Mac Tools, and Pleasant Holidays all joining together to create an incredible promotion for the fans.
COURTNEY FORCE GRABS FIRST SPOT IN TRAXXAS SHOOTOUT $100,000 SPECIALTY RACE
POMONA, CA (February 17, 2013) — Last year it was John Force grabbing the first spot in the inaugural Traxxas Shootout, the $100,000 specialty race, with a win at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. This year at the season opening Winternationals it was sophomore driver and 2012 Traxxas Shootout fan vote winner Courtney Force who grabbed the first spot winning for the second time in her career. Force took out veteran driver and Traxxas Shootout finalist Ron Capps to secure her spot in the $100,000 race within a race at the Mac Tools US Nationals Labor Day weekend.
“I am so glad Mike Jenkins the president of Traxxas was here today to share in this win with my team. I have to thank him for giving me this chance to live out my dream. I am so excited but I owe this win to my team. My guys worked so hard trying to get that Traxxas Ford Mustang back up to the starting line for the final. They didn’t have a lot of time but they did a great job. They gave me a great car that ran a 4.02. Every single one of those guys in those Traxxas uniforms earned this. I have to thank Ron Douglas and Dan Hood they gave me a quick and fast race car. I love driving it,” said Force, the 2012 Automobile Club Road to the Future winner.
The first seven winners in Top Fuel and Funny Car by the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota are guaranteed a spot in the Traxxas Shootouts. If there are not seven winners then the remaining slots will go to the highest drivers in the point standings. The eighth and final spot will be decided by a fan vote and then a lottery style drawing the Wednesday before the Mac Tools US Nationals.