Courtney Force Up For Mile High Nationals Challenge
DENVER, CO -- One of the most exciting and complex races on the NHRA Mello Yello series circuit will kick off this weekend at Bandimere Speedway and Courtney Force is ready to score her ninth career Funny Car win with the Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS team by her side. The 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals is the 14th of 24 races in 2016 and the 28-year old driver currently sits third in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. As an added bonus for the fans, Force will be sporting a fresh color scheme on her brand new 2016 Traxxas Chevy Camaro SS during the three Western Swing races.
“What a season it has been for the Fastest Name in Radio Control,” said Force. “We've had probably the most consistent race car to date and that excites me as a driver. We've already picked up a win and looking for at least one more along the Western Swing. After the excitement we had over the new body and color scheme we ran in Chicago only, I am so thrilled to unveil yet another new paint scheme for the Western swing! I love being able to have something different and unique on the track that really represents the Traxxas brand. I hope the fans love this one as much as I do.”
Bandimere Speedway holds the first of three back-to-back events that make up the Western Swing. This race, more than 5,800 feet up into the Rocky Mountains, is known for the altitude change. The conditions can have a huge effect on engine tune-ups, aerodynamics and race results.
“This is one of the trickiest race tracks on the circuit. It is a challenge for the crew chiefs, teams and drivers being that we are at such a high elevation. Since the air is so much thinner here compared to other tracks, it is a completely different set-up when tuning these race cars. The sound of the engine alone from a driver’s standpoint is completely different from what we are used to hearing and it makes this track a unique one for us. I'm very excited to see what kind of numbers will be put down at this race track this year especially with how quick the cars in our category have been lately,” said the 2012 Rookie of the Year.
In 2012, during Force’s rookie season, she qualified in the top half of the field, beat Tim Wilkerson, Robert Hight and Ron Capps to advance to her second ever career final round. She was runner-up of the event. Two years later, Force qualified 7th again and beat Del Worsham before falling to teammate Robert Hight in the quarterfinals. She advanced to the final round at the very next event in Sonoma, becoming the winningest female Funny Car driver in history.
“I'm kicking off the Western Swing with an appearance for Traxxas at HobbyTown Westminster and hope a lot of fans come to join me! I love getting out to the hobby shops because they are the soul of the Traxxas’ radio control business and I hope to get fans to come and check out all the awesome products HobbyTown carries. There's no better way to kick off your summer than with a Traxxas radio control car, truck, boat, etc.,” added Force.
This weekend’s NHRA race will also be the first of three races in a row broadcast nationally live on FOX. Fans across the country will be able to see the exciting racing action from Bandimere Speedway live beginning at 3 p.m. ET.