Not only do they want the same things -- career fulfillment, a home together and a family -- they know what it's like to be each other.
She's the youngest daughter of 16-time Funny Car champ John Force, a larger-than-life figure who has brought all four of his daughters into the sport, and he's the second son of Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indy 500 winner and three-time champion of the old CART Champ Car World Series.
“That’s why we struggled,” said Force, who was 0-for-6 in final-round appearances her first three years racing Top Fuel. It was me, our team, solely out there by ourselves, just one dragster in a Funny Car camp.” But Force picked up some major-league help this season when Alan Johnson, an 11-time Top Fuel champion as a crew chief and team owner, was brought on as a consultant, and car tuner Brian Husen was hired as crew chief.
“We changed the entire engine program and the entire clutch program,” Johnson said.
And yet, Courtney Force, a rising star in NHRA Funny Car, and Graham Rahal, a promising talent in Indy Car, might be the perfect match.
They've had a whirlwind romance since meeting at one of her races near Chicago in June 2013, and their end-of-the-season wedding in Santa Barbara, California, will unite two of American motorsports' most prominent racing families.
"Obviously, the first attraction was, I thought he was very handsome, and he was into cars, which was No. "But once we started to date and everything started to unravel, I realized how our lives are very similar." Which cannot be understated.
There’s a simple reason Brittany Force didn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps and drive NHRA Funny Cars. “They bump into each other all the time in eliminations,” Force said.
“That’s just a bummer.” So instead of racing against her father, 16-time NHRA champion John Force, younger sister Courtney or her brother-in-law Robert Hight, she chose a different path.