Brittany Force

Home Town: Yorba Linda, CA

Teacher Turns Student in Castrol EDGE Top Fuel Dragster

After earning their undergraduate degrees, some aspiring schoolteachers spend several years traveling in Europe, Asia and elsewhere pursuing graduate studies.

Of course, few do so at speeds exceeding 330 miles per hour, which is what sets 26-year-old Brittany Force apart from her peers.

A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton who also studied at New York’s Hunter College, Brittany earned her teaching credentials before deciding to pursue a master's degree in a less traditional field of endeavor: automotive high performance.

That decision this year has landed the second youngest of John Force’s four daughters in the cockpit of the 8,000 horsepower Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster for what promises to be an historic 2013 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing season.

She is the third pro driver to compete in a Castrol-backed Top Fuel dragster but the first to do so since Austin in 1995. The late Gary Ormsby won the NHRA Top Fuel title for Castrol GTX in 1989.

At the controls of a race car capable of zero-to-100 mile per hour acceleration in less than one second, Brittany will be subjected to gravitational forces five times those she would encounter in a typical classroom environment.