Behind The Scenes

Courtney Force on visiting ESPN — and dueling dad John Force in NHRA

Drag racing rising star Courtney Force visited ESPN’s Bristol campus for the first time Thursday for our traditional “Car Wash” – a whirlwind tour featuring stops at various shows and with various platforms.

But even the speed of our Car Wash couldn’t phase Courtney, probably because her funny car is capable of zero-to-315 mph acceleration in just about four seconds.

The youngest daughter of the sport’s icon John Force didn’t bring her 8,000 horsepower Traxxas Ford Mustang funny car with her as it was being prepared for the Toyota NHRA SuperNationals this weekend in Englishtown, N.J. — with qualifying airing Saturday at 4:30 p.m.m ET on ESPN and Final Eliminations on Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Courtney, 23, regularly competes against her father John, a 15-time champion, and her brother-in-law Robert Hight, the 2009 champion and leader in this season’s standings.

In the video above, the Rookie Of The Year candidate talks about how she uses replays of ESPN’s NHRA telecasts to review her races; her experience racing scale model cars against SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett in our Los Angeles production center studios in January; and racing against her father John – and eventually beating him – in Phoenix in February.

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