From John Force Racing:
Courtney Force, driver of the Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car, attended Carb Day and experienced the festivities leading up to the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend. The 24-year-old wanted to show her support for the series and represent NHRA as one of the sport’s many female racers.
Force enjoyed another “off-weekend” at yet another race track touring the paddock and making a couple stops in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center before watching final practice for the Indy car teams.
“It was great having one off weekend, but I couldn’t keep myself away from the race track. I was able to watch final practice for the Indy 500, meet a lot of really cool people involved in Indy Car, talk to some fans at the Automobile Club of Southern California display and tour the paddock,” said Force.
She met with team owner Chip Ganassi, drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon in the Target Chip Ganassi camp as well as the legendary Alex Zanardi, just moments before an emotional presentation where Ganassi presented Zanardi with a restored “Old Midnight,” the car Zanardi drove last in 2011 before losing both of his legs in a crash.
“The highlight for me was hanging out with Dario, Scott and Alex and hearing about Alex’s first time watching from the starting line when one of our cars took off and how it affected him. He told us that he was blown away by the power of the run, until he realized it was just the burnout! He watched a full run and said got emotional from experiencing the power of our cars, which was amazing to hear. We talked about a lot of differences between Funny Cars and Indy Cars. It was a blast to hear all of the questions and comments coming from a group of guys who I admire and look up to in another form of racing,” said Force.
Courtney Force with Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, drivers for Chip Ganassi Racing.