Hot pink car raises cancer awareness

Courtney Force drove a pink car to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Gary Nastase Photography

It was an exciting weekend leading up to the Reading, Pa., race. I flew into Pittsburgh for an appearance. We started the day at the Pirates vs. Braves baseball game and got a tour of downtown Pittsburgh. Then we went to a PPG event. We talked about our race cars and their paint. I was with my brother-in-law Robert Hight. We went on stage, talked to the customers and signed autographs.

The race in Reading is always an exciting one. First, we are starting to close in on the points’ positions for those in the Countdown to the Championship. Second, this is one of the tracks with some of the best racing conditions! With such a cool race track, it lets our Funny Cars go after killer elapsed times and speeds, making it a very exciting and fast race. The race track is also set in one of the most beautiful and scenic areas, which makes it that much more fun.

This race kicked off October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’ve been waiting for this race all year long, looking forward to driving the hot pink Funny Car body. This was so important for me, because I am a female, but more importantly, because I was able to use my race car as a 300 mph billboard to bring awareness to all of those affected by or diagnosed with breast cancer. This was such a huge opportunity for me and I was honored that I was able to race a car with so much meaning with the support of all of my sponsors.

Throughout qualifying we had a great race car. I ran a career-best time of 4.02 seconds at 317 mph and then had a career-best speed of 319 mph. The Breast Cancer Awareness specialty body was fast! We ended up fifth going into race day and had a positive outlook on eliminations. Unfortunately, my tires immediately went up in smoke when I left the starting line during my first-round matchup and our day was cut short.

I’m proud we got to run the specialty car and hope we in some way helped bring awareness to help find a cure for breast cancer. The Action Racing Collectables die-cast of the Traxxas Pink Ford Mustang Funny Car is available to order on www.lionelracing.com. A portion of the proceeds from each car sold will benefit breast cancer awareness, research and prevention.

We’re now looking forward to the next race in Las Vegas, but we will be keeping busy in the meantime with appearances. This Saturday, I will be in Bentonville, Ark., with my sisters, Ashley and Brittany, and my dad, John Force at the Wal-Mart World Headquarters. We will then be at the Wal-Mart Superstore, 9-10:45am, where we will be bringing our John Force Racing Road Show full of iconic drag racing Funny Cars for everyone to see, so make sure to stop on by and visit us for autographs and pictures!