Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are a graduate of Cal State Fullerton having majored in Communications. How has this helped you in your approach and understanding of making a career in professional car racing?
Ms. Courtney Force: I was very determined to get my college degree before pursuing a career in racing, just so I could have a fall back plan. Having a degree in Communications definitely helped me see both sides of the entertainment business as well as how to understand and work with the media side of my job. This has helped me to be more comfortable in front of the camera and understanding of the ins and outs of communicating and the hard work it takes to reach my goal.
Being a race car driver is only part of the job. Being able to manage everything else is the difficult part. You have to be able to handle being pulled in multiple directions, keep it under control and keep your focus, not only for your team, but for your sponsors and fans as well.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a sport which requires a lot of cohesiveness and absolute understanding between your team of technicians, your machine and you to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Courtney Force: Teamwork is the most important thing to succeed out here. As a driver, your life is in the hands of your team and you need to be able to communicate and trust them. Having a team bond cannot be forced and is very important along the path to ultimate success. My team keeps me motivated as a driver, they are constantly encouraging me, and I continue to motivate them to stay positive every weekend.
We have struggles, but it is how you handle the downs in order to appreciate the ups in this business. So, trust and communication is what helps my Traxxas Ford Mustang team to succeed on race weekends.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
Ms. Courtney Force: I do a lot of strength training in the gym and cardio. It’s important to build your upper body strength when handling one of these 10,000 horsepower race cars. In these cars anything can happen when you’re reaching speeds over 300mph so you need to be mentally and physically prepared for anything. After working with a trainer I’ve learned so many great moves and workouts that I have added to my routine and taken on the road with me.
I work out in gyms across the country during race weekends and enjoy getting prepared for the upcoming race! It’s always important to mix up your routine so your body doesn’t get used to the same old thing. I’m always looking for new tips and ideas when working out to shock my body, and get it working hard for every workout.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Courtney Force: It’s tough to follow a strict diet when you’re on the road, but I eat small meals throughout the day to keep my energy level up. I am always relying on protein and do my best to cut out the carbs especially over a race weekend. When I need a snack I always grab fruit or almonds to hold me over.
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