The readers of RACER magazine gave John Force Racing three awards in its year-end polls, awarding Brittany Force the Rookie of the Year award and JFR patriarch John Force two awards, as Drag Racer of the Year and the prestigious RACER of the Year covering all forms of motorsports.
The elder Force becomes just the third driver to win multiple RACER of the Year titles, winning his first in 2010. He joins four-time winner Michael Schumacher and two-time winner Jacques Villeneuve in the exclusive club. The Drag Racer of the Year award was his seventh. Force captured 67-percent of the vote for RACER of the Year and 83-percent for Drag Racer of the Year.
"This is the kind of thing that really makes you stop and think,” said Force. “Someone was just telling me how great I did last year, and I had to tell 'em to stop. I didn't want to hear it. Still don't. It's like my dad told me once, a long time ago, when I came home bragging about how I'd just won 50 grand at some race. He said, 'What makes you think you're so great? Because you read that in the paper? You're probably the one who told them how great you are.' I never forgot that. I try to stay hungry and stay humble and not think about it, but this award from RACER makes you think about it. The 2013 championship was special, and this award makes it even more special. All I can say is what an honor it is.”
Brittany Force’s Top Fuel rookie season earned her 78-percent of the fan vote, outdistancing competition like IndyCar driver Carlos Munoz and the NASCAR tandem of Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brittany’s younger sister Courtney won the award for 2012.
"This is huge. I thought for sure Danica Patrick would win. She's Danica Patrick. NASCAR's fan base is so much larger than NHRA drag racing's, but this just goes to show that we have the best fans,” said Force.
"I struggled all year then ended the season at Pomona with a career-best E.T. and my first semi-final ever. Reaction times are still the toughest part. You can practice all you want, but it's completely different when someone's in the next lane and you're strapped in with a helmet on and the engine making all that noise behind you. I'm still learning, and I'll be learning for a while."
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