Vote for me and my team!

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Brittany Force hopes to get her Top Fuel team into the Traxxas Shootout.

Coming out of Brainerd, this Castrol EDGE team has a new, focused goal heading into our biggest race of the year, Indianapolis. Indianapolis is the hub of all motorsports. It holds the event that kicks off the start of the Championship Countdown and Traxxas Shootout, a $100,000 competition between the first seven Top Fuel winners of 2013. The eighth contender comes down to a fan vote and my team and I want that spot.

My rookie team has not had an easy season but one thing we have learned from my father, our boss and champ John Force, is we are all one team. We stick together, battle it out and stay positive. We’ve lost races together and we will win together and we plan to go after our first ever win starting in Indianapolis.

Prior to the race in Indianapolis, my team plans to do some testing to make sure we are at the same level with our competition. We are making some risky changes we believe will put us in fighting shape. Earning five round wins, qualifying No. 3 in Denver and competing in two of the quickest (and toughest) qualifying fields ever this year, our team is ready to show how competitive we really are.

The John Force Racing PR team and I are busy promoting my Top Fuel team for the fan vote in the Shootout. Everything from YouTube videos to stickers are floating around the racetracks and are in the hands of some of our biggest fans. Winning the final spot could make me the first woman ever to compete in the Top Fuel ranks in the Shootout.

Growing up as a kid at the racetrack, I remember watching my dad compete various Shootouts and specialty races and even remember watching him win. I can still recall the details of watching some of those final rounds with my sisters. Prayers in, fingers crossed, we would watch from the back seat of our teams tow trucks. Eyes burning from nitro, ears stinging from the roar of two Funny Cars launching off the starting line, we all hoped my dad’s red and green-striped Funny Car would get to the finish line first. Watching my dad’s win light glow in the heat of the night, my sisters and I cheered from the back seat.

My dad’s wins at Indy were some of the greatest memories from my childhood and seemed like something so unreachable to a kid who began racing at 17 years old. But now I might have that chance to compete like my dad and make a memory of my own. So, today I am asking for all you readers to vote for me, Brittany Force and give this hardworking team a chance for the fight and a chance to earn our first win in our rookie season.

Also vote for my brother-in-law Robert Hight in the Funny Car category.