Courtney Force

HOMETOWN: Yorba Linda, Calif.

2012 Auto Club Rookie of the Year

In this age of uncertainty, when few people know what they want to do with their lives and fewer still seem happy with their choices, 24-year-old Courtney Force is a welcome anomaly.

When she first realized what she wanted to do for a living, the graduate of Cal State-Fullerton couldn't even spell "race car driver." Now, 19 years later, she is one – and a very good one.

The 2012 recipient of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Road to the Future Award as the NHRA Rookie of the Year, the driver of the Traxxas Ford Mustang approaches her second season with the same enthusiasm she did her first.

"I learned a lot in my rookie season and I know I have a strong team behind me especially with my crew chiefs Ron Douglas and Dan Hood. Plus, I have great teammates to lean on and provide insight so I’m just going to keep learning all I can and see where it takes me."