BAYTOWN, Texas (April 20, 2012) – Courtney Force, driver of the Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car is steadily moving forward and into the sixth race of her professional NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series career this week at the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas.
The 23-year-old daughter of 15-time Funny Car Champion John Force took her first shot at Four-Wide two weeks ago at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. She qualified in the no. 12 spot with a run of 4.151 seconds at 301.47 mph. The Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car was up against a trio of Jack Beckman, Cruz Pedregon and Todd Lesenko. Fellow rookie Lesenko smoked the tires early, but Force dropped a hole and was eliminated in first round by the numbers of Beckman and Pedregon.
“First round of eliminations on Sunday my Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car dropped a hole and just kinda slowed my car down, so it lost a lot of ET and mph because of that. The guys (Beckman and Pedregon) went around me so we lost first round. I felt really good about four-wide after looking at our 60-foot and 330-foot incrementals from Sunday and a couple of the qualifying runs. Seeing that reminds me that we have potential for a good racecar, but we’re just working out the kinks still as a new team.
“I’m so excited to be back at Royal Purple Raceway where I’ll be running in my Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car. We weren’t as successful in Charlotte as we would have liked to be, but my Traxxas crew tested the Monday after four-wide and has been working really hard these last couple of weeks to get our car sorted out, hoping to make some change before going into Houston. I think we have a great race car and I’m excited to see what we can do this weekend in Houston,” Force said.
Force will have her hands full this week prior to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals. The Auto Club Road to the Future Rookie of the Year candidate is coming in early to attend the first ever Spring Nationals Charity Golf Classic put on by the Royal Purple Raceway Foundation and a special all-female NHRA press conference.
The Charity Golf Classic will be held on Wednesday, April 25th, at the Wildcat Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The proceeds from the tournament will benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Combat Marine Outdoors, two outstanding charities the Royal Purple Raceway Foundation has aligned itself with.
“I’m honored to attend the first ever Spring Nationals Charity Golf Classic this week in Houston, Texas. All proceeds to the charity will benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Combat Marine Outdoors. I’m excited to show my support and thanks to all of the men and women who are putting their life on the line to serve our country,” Force said.
The Royal Purple Raceway Foundation committee will officially present tournament proceeds to both organizations during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, April 29th, before the start of final eliminations at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals.
The Spring Nationals Charity Golf Classic will have a shotgun start at noon. The awards ceremony and dinner will follow at 5:30pm in the club house.
Detailed tournament information can be found at: www.royalpurpleraceway.com/
The all –female NHRA press conference will be held at noon on Thursday, April 26th at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse in downtown Houston. Those in attendance will include NHRA Full Throttle Series drivers Alexis DeJoria, Erica Enders and Courtney Force, and NHRA Pro Mod Series driver Leah Pruett.
About the Royal Purple Raceway Foundation:
The Royal Purple Raceway Foundation was founded in 2011. Its soul mission is to serve, honor, and recognize the thousands of servicemen and service women whose life sacrifices enable our freedom. The RPR Foundation has selected Wounded Warrior Project and Combat Marine Outdoors as its designated charity organizations and raises funds through various events and projects to support their programs.
About Wounded Warrior Project:
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment. Wounded Warrior Project® is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
For more information on WWP, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org
About Combat Marine Outdoors:
Combat Marine Outdoors started in 2005 to provide an opportunity for Marines, Sailors, and service members to get away from the hospitals they were confined to upon return from war deployment. These soldiers greatly needed to be in an environment of friendship, camaraderie, and fellowship with fellow Marines in order to accelerate their recovery from the traumatic injuries they sustained in combat. Today CMO provides life-changing outdoor adventures to these brave heroes and has approximately 50 ranches who actively participate in their programs. To date, they have taken over 200 combat wounded on the adventure of a lifetime.
For more information on CMO, visit www.combatmarineoutdoors.org