Jul 18, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT
Courtney Force made the most of her off weeks since the last NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The daughter – and teammate – of Funny Car legend and 15-time champion driver John Force has graced the pages of ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which premiered last week.
The younger Force, 25, pulled off the shoot with class and confidence. She did so a year after she had been asked the first time, because she wanted to prove herself in her rookie year on tour first. Her first win and fifth place in the 2012 championship certainly accomplished that.
Now, she and the rest of the NHRA circuit ramps up for the annual three-week “Western swing,” which starts in Denver this week with stops in Sonoma and Seattle to follow.
Courtney Force enters Denver seventh in the Funny Car standings. She beat John head-to-head in the finals at New Hampshire in June, her second win of the season and third of her career.
Shawn Langdon currently leads Tony Schumacher by just one point in Top Fuel. Matt Hagan leads Johnny Gray by 101 in Funny Car. Mike Edwards leads Allen Johnson by 153 in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. leads Michael Ray Jr. by 48 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
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