Click to enlarge » Is your mom at all freaked-out about you making a career of driving a nitro funny car?

CF: I think my mom is a little nervous about me making a career out of it. She knew since I was little, (dragracing) is what I ever wanted to do since it was all I talked about.  I don’t think (my decision to be a professional drag racer) surprised her.  I know it makes her nervous going up to the starting line and watching me.  I think she is pretty surprised each time I get down the race track since she still sees me as her littlest girl.  I think she is warming up to the idea since Ashley was able to do it.

Has your mother encouraged or discouraged your pursuing a career in drag racing?

CF: I think she has done both. She has been more encouraging because she wants me to pursue what will make me happy. She is very supportive of my decision.

Many of your dad's friends and relatives are both famous and infamous in the sport of drag racing. Which one is the most memorable to you?

CF: I remember watching Eddie Hill because I always played with Hot Dog, his dachshund. When I was younger, I remember Cristen Powell who had the Reebok dragster. I always thought she was kind of cool. The Mooneyes Funny Car was one of my favorites and (Dean) Skuza.  Obviously guys like Kenny Bernstein, he was the big hot shot in dragsters, and I grew up hearing about my dad’s Uncle Beaves (Gene Beaver)  who got him into drag racing as well as Shirley Muldowney and Don Garlits. The Mongoose came to my career day once – which was pretty cool.
Of all the things your dad has accomplished in life, which one do you think is the most significant?

CF: Definitely his comeback. There are so many things he has accomplished – like 15 championships and ten championships in a row, but he went out and had a nearly fatal accident but he was able to push himself and go through therapy and rehab.  He came back and had a little bit of a dry season but he won one race a year later and then went on to his 15th championship in 2010.
It is almost a certainty that your dad has accomplished things in a drag racing career that will never be equaled or exceeded. Given that what are your own long term career goals in the sport?

CF: Long term, really at this point, I just want to get a win under my belt.  If I can get one then I think I can have more success after that.

With all of the scrutiny your family has had from fans, press, a TV reality show, and the fact that you dad always seem to speak his mind, is there something about Courtney Force we should know but don't?

CF: I am really a lot like my dad. I think from watching him so long he has rubbed off on me. I can also be sarcastic and I like to goof off.  I love to make fun of dad – in a good way.

Did you ever give any thought to a driving a Top Fuel car or did you always want to drive a Funny Car?

CF: I grew up always wanting to drive a Funny Car.  When I was in A/Fuel dragster, I started questioning that path and thought about trying the Top Fuel route.  We had all the resources and technology for the Funny Car, though. The second I got into the Funny Car I knew that is what I wanted to race.  I was a little nervous switching over from a dragster to a Funny Car because I was so used to driving a dragster.  When I got in the Funny Car, though, I knew that was where I belonged.