Advance Auto Parts will move their sponsorship to NHRA Top Fuel driver Brittany Force following the retirement of her sister Courtney.
One day after the surprising announcement that Courtney Force will be stepping away from NHRA Funny Car competition, John Force Racing announced in a press release that Advance Auto Parts will move their sponsorship to the Top Fuel dragster driven by her older sister Brittany.
Advance Auto Parts, the largest aftermarket automotive retailer in the United States based on stores and sales count, previously sponsored Force in eight events in the 2018 season. Her primary sponsor, Monster Energy, did not renew their sponsorship following the conclusion of the season.
The press release did not disclose whether or not Advance Auto Parts will be the primary sponsor for all 24 of the events that make up the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, but Force’s dragster will be sporting the brand’s colors in the season opener, the Lucas Oil Winternationals, in Pomona, California, as well as in next week’s preseason testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Arizona.
Here is what Brittany Force had to say about having Advance Auto Parts step up as a sponsor, according to John Force Racing.
“I’m really excited to start this season teaming up with Advance Auto Parts. They’ve been such a great partner to John Force Racing the past two years. They exceeded expectations when working with Courtney, building her as their brand ambassador, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together. I’m looking forward to getting them their first win in a dragster and ultimately going after a championship. Off track, I look forward to creating new relationships and being involved with everything this great company has to offer.”
Here is what Advance Auto Parts Chief Marketing Officer Yogi Jashnani had to say about the company stepping up to sponsor Force, according to John Force Racing.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with John Force Racing and have Brittany Force drive the Advance Auto Parts and Carquest Top Fuel Dragster in 2019. Brittany represented us in eight races last season and was instrumental in launching our new advertising campaign, ‘Think Ahead. Think Advance.’ We look forward to our continued involvement in NHRA and welcoming fans to shop at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com or check out one of our more than 6,000 Advance Auto Parts and Carquest store locations throughout North America.”
Force, who began her Top Fuel career in 2013, finished the 2018 season fifth place in the overall point standings, with her only win coming at the Springnationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.
She captured four victories in the 2017 season when she became the first female to win an NHRA Top Fuel championship since Shirley Muldowney won her third Top Fuel championship in 1982. She has earned eight career wins in 19 career final rounds with a career-high elapsed time of 3.644 seconds and a career-high speed of 333.66 miles per hour.
Nicknamed “The First Family of Drag Racing”, the Force family is one of the most successful families in all of motorsport. In addition to her sister Courtney, Brittany’s car owner John Force is the most successful Funny Car driver in NHRA history with a record 16 championships. Her brother-in-law Robert Hight is also a two-time Funny Car champion, and her older sister Ashley raced and won in the class from 2007 to 2011.
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The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is scheduled to begin on Thursday, February 7 in Pomona, California with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, which are scheduled to run through Sunday, February 10.