JUPITER, Fla. --
In the second session he was paired with teammate Courtney Force and he ramped up his ET to a blistering 4.021 seconds at 318.24 mph. As he was crossing the finish line he had the best seat in the house to see Courtney tripping the timing beams with a career best 4.018 second pass and a record 322.73 mph. Those two ETs were the best of the second session and brought the near capacity crowd to their collective feet.
When asked about her final run of the day Courtney Force, the 2012 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as Rookie of the Year, was overflowing with excitement.
"It felt like an amazing run. You can always tell when you are going down there and Robert was right out my window. I could tell he was on a good run too. I didn't think it would be a 4.01 but I thought it would be a low 4.0. We had been running 4.03s and 4.05s all week in testing. It is a great feeling. I am proud of my Traxxas team led by Ron Douglas and Dan Hood. They gave me a fast race car tonight. We are just having a lot of fun. We are pushing the limits to see what our car can take. I think we have seen what our Traxxas Ford Mustang can do. That was my quickest ET and the fastest mile per hour run for me. I feel good going into a new season," said Force. "I was talking with my guys and you could tell there was a whole different vibe today. We all just sparked up because today didn't feel like a testing day. We got excited because this felt like a race. Having the fans around really brought all our energy up. We know that it is testing but everybody also wants to get those win lights and be the best out here. You want to show the fans what you have been doing over the off-season. My Traxxas team really stepped it up."
"I was nervous about (running side by side) because I have been testing for over a year without anybody in that other lane. I didn't know what to expect with the whole visual of having someone beside you plus you add in the staging protocol. The sound of another car going down the track was an unknown for me. It was all fine. I ran against Clay Millican and he is awesome. He came over and talked to me before and after. He is a really great guy. I can't wait to run him in the regular season," said Brittany Force, a contender for the 2013 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award.
Session One ETs and mph Funny Car 1. Robert Hight, 4.048, 315.56 mph 2. Matt Hagan, 4.060, 312.78 mph 3. Chad Head, 4.061, 313.15 mph 4. Johnny Gray, 4.066, 311.92 mph 5. Del Worsham, 4.067, 311.34 mph 6. Bob Tasca 3, 4.073, 315,42 mph 7. Ron Capps, 4.075, 316.52 mph 8. Alexis DeJoria, 4.081, 308.21 mph 9. Cruz Pedregon, 4.106, 297.61 mph 10. Jack Beckman, 4.160, 307.16 11. Courtney Force, 7.505, 76.25 mph 12. John Force, 7.895, 87.41 mph Top Fuel 1. Doug Kalitta, (Mac Tools dragster) 3.759, 328.30 mph 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.776, 324.59 mph 3. Bob Vandergriff Jr., 3.825, 321.50 mph 4. Clay Millican, 3.828, 321.42 mph 5. Leah Pruett, 3.850, 307.16 mph 6. Antron Brown, 3.860, 302.28 mph 7. Brittany Force, 3.860, 290.88 mph 8. Dave Grubnic, 3.870, 271.08 mph 9. Sidnei Firgo, 3.883, 318.24 mph 10. Doug Kalitta (Geico dragster), 6.860, 92.87 mph Session two ETs and mph Funny Car 1. Courtney Force, 4.018, 322.73 2. Robert Hight, 4.021, 318.24 3. John Force, 4.053, 308.35 4. Chad Head, 4.074, 313.51 5. Jack Beckman, 4.085, 311.99 6. Alexis DeJoria, 4.102, 301.60 7. Bob Tasca III, 4.109, 312.71 8. Del Worsham, 8.563, 91.68 9. Matt Hagan, 9.602, 76.73 10. Johnny Gray, 9.709, 78.34 11. Ron Capps, 10.273, 76.02 Top Fuel 1. Doug Kalitta/Geico dragster, 3.787, 322.58 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.794, 325.30 3. Brittany Force, 3.796, 324.26 4. Clay Millican, 3.804, 322.73 5. Bob Vandergriff Jr., 3.848, 320.51 6. Dave Grubinc, 3.970, 225.79 7. Leah Pruitt, 4.279, 188.07 8. Doug Kalitta/Mac Tools dragster, 5.245. 134.27 9. Antron Brown, 6.512, 98.45 10. Sidnei Firgo, 10.385, 75.32
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