Courtney Force made the most of her off weeks since the last NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The daughter – and teammate – of Funny Car legend and 15-time champion driver John Force has graced the pages of ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which premiered last week.
The younger Force, 25, pulled off the shoot with class and confidence. She did so a year after she had been asked the first time, because she wanted to prove herself in her rookie year on tour first. Her first win and fifth place in the 2012 championship certainly accomplished that.
Now, she and the rest of the NHRA circuit ramps up for the annual three-week “Western swing,” which starts in Denver this week with stops in Sonoma and Seattle to follow.
Courtney Force enters Denver seventh in the Funny Car standings. She beat John head-to-head in the finals at New Hampshire in June, her second win of the season and third of her career.
Shawn Langdon currently leads Tony Schumacher by just one point in Top Fuel. Matt Hagan leads Johnny Gray by 101 in Funny Car. Mike Edwards leads Allen Johnson by 153 in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. leads Michael Ray Jr. by 48 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
The US-based Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship circuit has reportedly parked itself and the pending 2018 season. According to various reports including AutoWeek, AutoSport.com and Motorsport.com, the Red Bull-sponsored GRC has suspended operations.
MotorSportsTalk reached out to a GRC spokesman for comment and further details.
It appears that all GRC-related websites, including its home page, as well as the site to order tickets to races this season, are unavailable. The series’ Twitter account @GRCseries remains, but hasn’t tweeted since April 13.
New York’s Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, which was to host the GRC’s season-opening event (the original Louisville opener in mid-May was cancelled), issued a statement on its Twitter account:
Several GRC teams said at the end of last season that they would not return to the series, including teams from Honda, Volkswagen and Subaru.
It is expected that the GRC Europe series will continue working on its 2019 campaign.
It’s unclear whether teams that are no longer with the GRC U.S. series will move to a new series backed by IMG known as “Americas Rallycross Championship.” The ARC is slated to kick off as part of next month’s World Rallycross event at Silverstone in Great Britain.
Other ARC events, also tied into WRC events, will be at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 4-5, and at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29-30. A fourth event is still in the works.