Force: 'It's fun racing against my dad'
The daughter of 15-time NHRA Champion John Force is adjusting to competing against her life-long mentor.
Another driver will be there in the funny car division is rookie Courtney force he is our chronicle conversation that is so much from the adding to -- -- now we obviously know your sister and her father heavily involved in racing but what exactly got you interest. I was probably have seven years old I mean I grew up in any Terry drag racing I was trying pictures of the kids that this is something that. I had no doubt in my mind I wanted to grow up and I want to theories are never disliked my dad so it was always a very intriguing sports and yet even though he he crashed in that caught on fire looked like it was still less. Sending exhilarating I really knew that you know I want and that need for speed and I I wanted to go through your mouse -- -- Great the first time you went up against your father head to head. Think if you beat him. I did and right now -- you having 39 point lead over John force in the standings what is the father daughter dynamic like right now -- awkward. I'm not -- -- we don't talk about that humans sometime they give me a hard time where you know -- I'm sitting in the bus and I'm telling him. You know I and got a did this round hey I gotta get that you know those extra couple points says say you know move up in in that. In the latter he doesn't look so I mean he's like you're ahead of me -- -- I -- -- back. I mean we poke fun in each other it's always stunned -- out there and just racing against my dad I mean it millions a Daly dynamic out there so it's just very -- Neman and that he's been a great coach in -- so it's great having as a mentor. This being your rookie season what has come easy and one has -- difficult. I mean honestly I think. The biggest challenge for me in the funny car has really -- that learning how to how -- car that's something that you can only learn with time every time I get the car and I'm learning something new every racetracks different. I'm learning to become more familiar with that but I mean you got that have to figure out the conditions in and really yet. Fielder race car and know how to react in and that you know the right thing to do when you when you gotta react your cars out. Learning at a public car it's that's definitely biggest challenge you know you don't want that do it too quick can you don't wanna take song -- lose the race out. I mean as far as the easiest thing that's come along. I don't know I I think everything's been going pretty smoothly so I mean I think all I -- every event and that made it's my first final round couple weeks ago so I got nothing to complain about. Right out west discussed question in the right way you just turned 24 and you're obviously one of few female drivers around the track you've got a great image and I smile Lotta people -- delightful like to have you around. Do you have to be protective of yourself or does haven't data around kind of take care of that. Not that I mean I mean I guess Sam kind of protected -- my dad probably takes care to have more than anything. He's I mean he's pretty protective as a father as a says but I mean going out to the racetrack he's. I NL he's a little different he's he always present semi -- -- -- it's -- rot on the road which is strange hitting it for -- yeah I don't. I don't know why I like my dad and find like that's not you know my focus right now you know I just wanna learn how to phrase is scarring you know -- -- I mean -- but sometimes he just. Tries to take a few things can keep you away from -- saying it that way. He he said that they think he had instigate it as a joke but I mean if I get a day out of it then I'm like surf all you did. That's exactly right -- Ohman now -- weekends away. You're a California girl and and really with this western swing this is as close as you get to racing at home it's at least in your home state you got to be excited about that. I I am I'm definitely found that I don't have to deal with you know the time change going into the race that's. But I mean the western swing -- something I I was grappling does the kid this is our big guys summer vacation without. It's heavily cool coming out here and then -- hitting all three of these races but been involved and been in the funny car category and definitely excited get India overwhelming it's going to be definitely a challenge set to keep up with three weekends that are out that I'm excited that it's doubling it any thought especially out here at the Sonoma -- Every weekend you've got something like 8000 horsepower. It in front you got and trying to get -- your control. What a race lasts less than four seconds how do you even. Practice how do you even know you're gonna have a good run and it just seems like so much is left to chance and fate really. If it really does that mean every time I get the car anything can happen these cars don't wanna go perfectly straight down the racetrack and that's. It it throws affirmed by you but I mean that's the whole reason why you see time in in the more passes -- make in the car and more comfortable I get in the car so I think that's the biggest thing right now I just got that. Keep practicing and right halfway through the racing season Europe currently tied for eighth in the funny car standings so what's the goal how would you like to finish this season. I mean I'm just happy that I -- qualified at every event that was you know my biggest -- as a rookie but now that I am you know the bin in the top ten in points I and brilliant trying to hold on to it it's definitely coming down to where there's only five races lots of and self. You know that that counts. The countdown is locked inside and really fighting getting that I think that would -- a huge accomplishment. That I was able that's a lock myself in that countdown frat. For this for American seasons. I checked you out on the Twitter machine -- pretty good. Courtney force -- -- a from all that on how social media important to you because I see that -- very involved in it you don't hesitate to respond to people and fans. Yeah it's it it's not really good job for me I mean that I I just tempered -- and it just -- -- -- -- -- -- it's kind of find that. I get a train and just kind of have that one on one fan interactions and that. It's great I mean I think it gives the fans the behind the scenes look to what you know than what goes on with the driver is when it's not a race and I would like to you know put some fun pictures up on my dad you know decide that they don't always get to Phoenix. Think Courtney force thank you so much for joining us good luck this weekend in Denver and best of luck next weekend -- after that in Sonoma they.