With the much overdone and yet historical 100th NHRA drag racing win for women finally coming to fruition with Courtney Force’s Funny Car victory at Topeka, it brought out the diversity angle once again. Drag racing is by far the most diverse sport in the world with men and women of all colors battling each other head-to-head day-in and day-out. With all that has been reported lately, it felt like as good a time as any to list the current female stars in drag racing. They’re listed alphabetically.
Alexis De Joria – Her professional career is rather short for the 36 year old from Venice, California. Alexis is only in her third full-time season driving the fuel floppers and yet she looked like a good pick to grab the 100th female win. She currently resides in third place overall in the Funny Car ranks and has earned two wins already in 2014. The daughter of Billionaire John Paul De Joria – he of hair product fame (Paul Mitchell), Alexis has coupled with Kalitta Motorsports and will likely be a force on the track for years to come.
Erica Enders-Stevens – The 31 year old Pro Stock points leader is from Houston, Texas, and the most accomplished of all the current professional women drag racers. Erica has eight career meet victories and has more history-making runs and accomplishments than any of her contemporaries. She drives for Elite Motorsports and has consistently been the fastest car this year in a division that arguably is the most competitive of all the professional categories. Enders-Stevens might have the best chance at a championship of the women racers this year, which in-turn will make even more history for the superstar driver.
Brittany Force – The fastest of the women drag racers, the 27 year old Top Fuel pilot from Yorba Linda, California, has been making inroads in only her second season driving the ground-pounding monsters. Brittany joined her sister this past week as number one qualifiers making the two Force girls, the first siblings to ever accomplish the feat on the same weekend. Driving for her father John, Brittany looks ready to win her first event and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her competitive during the Countdown to the Championship (playoffs). She’s a star in-the-making.
Courtney Force – The 26 year old has ascended to the top of newsmakers this year for drag racing but has had a relatively quiet third season so far – at least until winning Topeka Sunday. That victory was the Yorba Linda native’s fourth of her short career and has brought her right into the thick of the championship battle. The youngest of John’s daughters, Courtney has the drive and determination reminiscent of her father. Having already made news last season as a winning Funny Car driver while baring it all in ESPN’s Body Issue, Courtney looks like a champion-in-waiting. When? Could be sooner than you think.
Leah Pritchett – She’s on the list even though Leah doesn’t run the full schedule. Still, the 26 year old is a competitive Top Fuel driver and has shown to have the skills necessary to become a champion for years to come. A former Nostalgia Funny Car champion, while also winning in Pro Mod, Pritchett, who is originally from Redlands, California, drives for the Dote family and her marketing abilities offer an advantage that most other drivers could only hope for. Once she becomes a fulltime Top Fuel pilot with a competitive car, the talent is there and she could be a future star in the sport.
Daryle W. Hier