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Courtney Force

Category: NASCAR/Racing, Women in Sports
Fee Range: $10,000 – $20,000

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Biography:

Beating her father in the final of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sports Speaker Courtney Force made Funny Car history this past Sunday as the female driver with the most wins in the industry. Funny Car racing has always been a significant part of her life, but it was not until 2005 that she achieved her NHRA competition driver license. Three years later in 2008, she not only earned her Alcohol-Fuel license, but also began racing in Super Comp, and eventually became a Top Alcohol Dragster. As Force gained more experience in the sport, she made it to the finals two times in 2009, even winning a race in Seattle.

Officially joining the family business, Force finally received her NHRA Funny Car license in 2011. She made her Funny Car Debut in 2012 at the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, in which she was ultimately beat by teammate Mike Neff in the second round. Despite her loss, she continued to improve her skills, even beating her father for the first time in the initial round of the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix that same year. With 2012 being a big year for her, Force also defeated Matt Hagan at The Northwest Nationals in Seattle to win her first TF/FC race — the third woman to ever accomplish such a feat. As a result of her extraordinary performance, Force was awarded the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, in addition to being honored as the Rookie of the Year.

Beginning her 2013 season in high gear, Force became the first female to not only qualify in the top spot of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals, but also the first woman to ever win the event. Defeating Cruz Pedregon in the 2014 NHRA Funny Car final, Force achieved her 100th win the following year — a preview of the history Force was to make at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals later in the season.

A role model to women in all sports, Force is a keynote speaker in the field of racing. She has made appearances in periodicals such as Speed Sport News, Drag Racing Action, and even in The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.