Antron Brown will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
Antron is here!
how do you feel the season has gone so far?
The season has been up and down. We've been having some good races where we've had good races or lost in the first round. We're working on efficiency right now. But overall we're doing great, because we are in fourth place.
Antron with the NHRA going to New England Drag-way for the first time what are the challenges of a new venue?
The challenge is the race track. Being a place where our crew hasn't been before. They have no knowledge to lean on. It's going to be new for everybody.
Antron, how did you and Clint Bowyer cross paths and what do you two have planned in terms of swapping rides?
Me and Clint we swaped paths through Toyota. We hit it off. Our plan to swap is around Labor Day. I'm going to let him get into my race car at the Indy test.
For Antron: What have you guys been struggling with lately?For Courtney: How challenging is it to drive a funny car?
As a team, trying to make the right moves. We have to qualify better. We're going to get a tough first round matchup and that's been plaguing us right now.
Since it's a new track, what are you looking to learn from your first practice run at the track this weekend?
We're going to look at going down the race trackk from A to B. Then you get the information data that you need. Then you can have a successful night run on Friday. That's when you qualify.
This is for Antron. Ive watched u race motorcycles, top fuel dragsters, and I would like to know how long will it be before I get to see u compete in a Nascar race? Im ready now!!!!
I really don't know! My heart right now is contending for NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
Just Wanted to Send Courtney and Antron a shout out and Let them know that they are my favorite drivers in my favorite sport and I believe that they individually will have a big hand in whether or not this sport graduates to new hieghts in the future.. Quetion: What are some of the things that you think could be done to open up peoples eyes as to the value of NHRA Drag racing and bring new fans into the sport? Access to drivers not withstanding.
I would say to get them to a race. To see it live in person. TV captures it good, but it's nothing like seeing it in person.
With wins by the Brown family in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Fuel, and now Jr Dragster, which class would you like to try next?
Next?...You never know. Maybe a little Funny Car.
Hello, I was at the thunder valley nats last Saturday and enjoyed being there and watching you race... Anyway my friend is just getting started in drag racing, she just moved up from jr dragsters this past year and is really excited, I was wondering if you have any tips for her about racing? Thanks -Jeff
The tips that I give to young drivers that I bump into is just observe. If you want to win, look and see what your competitors are doing to win. Be observant and be willing to change and learn. My best way is, that I tell people to be successful, is to find the reasons why other people are so successful and learn from them.
Antron, if Anson grows up and competes in one of the pro categories, which would you be most comfortable/confident putting him in?
Really, it will be whatever category he wants to race. I feel very comfortable in all of the NHRA categories. So whatever he wants to race, it will be up to him.
Right now, he wants to race the Funny Car!
Antron, how hard is it to maintain focus on being a father and husband, while also preparing week in and week out to be at the top of your game?
It's definitely a time management process for sure. It's a simple rule that I go by, when I'm out the door of my house, I'm business, I'm about NHRA racing. When I get back and close that door, I'm all about family.
What are the toughest challenges for the two of you as race car drivers?
I think the toughest challenges as a race car driver to me personally, is the time you spend away from your home and family. Being out there with the fans and driving the car, that's the easiest part. The time away from home is the hard part.
How much are you looking forward to the Norwalk race?
I'm looking very forward to Norwalk. That race is a special race. It's fan packed. It definitely brings a high energy level. It will be around the Fourth of July, so there will be some big fireworks out there.
how often are you actually able to get home?
I try to get back between every race. I'll be home for a couple of days.
How did u start drag racing ? Please tells us about ur journey from start to beginning
I got my start in drag racing through my dad and uncle, where I helped them in their sportsman race cars in NHRA, racing super gas. That's where my love for racing came. I never stopped after that until I got a pro job in the sport.
I want to thank all of the fans out there for their love and support of NHRA drag racing. I want to see you all at a race soon. Love, peace and Valvoline grease!
Courtney is here!
?For Courtney: How challenging is it to drive a funny car?
It was a lot different switching over. The steering was a lot different, the shorter wheel base. The most challenging when the car is getting in trouble, if it's dropping a cylinder.
just how important is the set up of the car? due to the HP, I'd say a good set up is even more important than the skill of the driver.
Definitely. The set up of the car is huge. That's why I'm fortunate to have such a great crew chief. They give me a great car every weekend. I say it's 80 percent team and the rest driver. They put every piece of the car together and get it set up right for the conditions and the track.
Is Ashley Force gonna race again?
I hope so! She just had her second son, just a few weeks ago. I keep asking her. I want her to come back. I think it would be fun for her, me and my dad to race. She hasn't said no.
What's the weirdest thing you have signed and something that got your attention the most from a fan? For Courtney
A cop's helmet. He just bent forward and asked me...A baby.
People have me sign their arm so they can get a tatoo.
what's the key to a consistent season?
Staying consistent as a driver. Staying focused. Really, just trying to gain a lot of points throughout qualifying and having a quick car. Every round counts. Go the rounds and get the points.
Practicing on the tree always gives you the extra edge.
besides working out at the gym and using a practice tree, what else do you do to give yourself an edge physically and mentally on race day? Or do you and your traxxas funny car just love your fans in seattle and the song i saw the sign lol
I have to listen to my dad a lot. I take a lot of advice from him. I talk to my team and crew chiefs. Watching videos of previous runs has been a key. If there's something different in how I'm driving it, it helps me pinpoint how to do better on the next run.
Does this being the first NHRA national event at Epping add any to your motivation to be the winner in Funny car and go in the record book as the first. Be Safe & Go Fast.
Yes, it definitely does. It's exciting. I'm not just a new driver any more. I feel like everyone's on the same playing field. We're all coming into a new track blind folded. We're all going to learn with our cars on the track and hopefully pick up the win.
How do you feel about the season so far?
I tihnk it's going good. We picked up a win in the first race out in the season. We've been to a final in Vegas. We've been No. 1 in points twice. We picked up six points in qualifying. We've struggled a bit against people, but we have a great race car. We just need to get out to the next one and go some rounds. I had to match up against my dad last time and that took my wind. We're seventh now. I think that's a good spot.
We're ahead of where we're at last season.
You're 2013 season started off great with a win at Pomona, but you and your team have had some recent struggles on race day. How do you keep yourself and your Traxxas team motivated and stay confident?
It really shows that we have a good car during qualifying. I don't get down on myself nor my team. We test the car, learn new things We know we have a great race car. I'm working hard to improve. We hope we can get some more round wins. We keep each other motivated and stay positive.
Two questions:1) What is the biggest difference that you can see from your rookie year last year to this year?2) Do you feel any added pressure to perform with the legacy your father has?
How I drive the car. I used to just focus on the basics of driving. Now I can critique my driving more and push myself harder to improve.
Courtney: As a driver, would you rather win 10 races in a season and lose the championship or win no races in a season and win the championship? Basically what is more important to you: wins or championships?
No races and win the championship, for sure. Tha'ts a dream goal right now. We finished fifth last season. I have high hopes for this year. We have a great car. Everyone has a chance at the title and I think we'll go after it.
With this being your first national event in New England. And never running on this track, how do you prepare your cars for the first round of qualifying? I can't wait! I'll be there Friday through Sunday!
Everyone's on the same page. It's a new track, depending on the conditions and everything, that's how we'll do the set up.
A couple of questions: 1) What is the biggest difference for you from last year to this year?2) Is there any added pressure on you knowing the legacy your father has?
2) Yeah, a little bit. It's always nervewracking coming into a sport where my dad is known. Everyone compares me to Ashley as well. It's a little of a struggle, but it makes me work that much harder to get what I want. You are judged by your skills, not your name. I also have the advantage of being taught by them.
Courtney, how difficult was it, to transition from alcohol dragster to nitromethane breathing funny cars?
It was really just driving the car. The steering of the car was different. Being able to "man handle the car" as my dad calls it. There's a shorter wheel base. There were some things that were more challenging, but it's been a lot of fun.
What is your Favorite Drag Strip that you have Raced on?
I love racing in Pomona, Calif. It's my home track and I just got the win there this season. It was great to celebrate with my fans. I love to race on the Bruton Smith tracks. Those are great tracks. And going along and seeing these new ones, along with the history of the old.
Thank you for all of the support. The fans have been amazing since I started out my rookie season to now. I really appreciate the support. Keep watching and keep watching NHRA. Come out and see it live. You keep my motivated!