It's time to give back

Courtesy Brittany Force

Brittany Force, middle, her sister Courtney, far right, and their friends and teammates helped transform a barren lot into a backyard for two families in Santa Ana, Calif.

October is the month for giving back here in the John Force Racing pits.

John Force Racing has always been about teamwork, and we have come together the last couple of weekends for a great cause. Saturday, a group of JFR employees, our teammates from System 51 and some good friends got their hands dirty and gave back to the community by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity.

Before the sun came up Saturday, a JFR crew headed out to Santa Ana, Calif., excited to get to work and help local families. We suited up in kneepads, aprons and gloves and spent eight hours doing intensive labor, getting dirtier than we have ever been at a racetrack. We planted flowers and shrubs, spread mulch and laid over 10 pallets of sod in one front yard and two large backyards. We were all a part of transforming a barren lot into a beautiful backyard where two families can now call part of their home.

Being able to come together with friends and give back to our community was such a privilege. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that provides a better way of life for lower income families. The organization has helped build more than 600,000 homes and have assisted 3 million people worldwide.

Back on the track, JFR has also found a way to involve themselves in something just as powerful. Recently, when our teams were competing in Reading, Pa., they showed their dedication to Breast Cancer Awareness month by going pink. The Castrol EDGE team pulled up to the starting line in a newly painted black and hot pink dragster.

Other teams on the track, like that of my sister Courtney, with her Traxxas team, painted their race cars pink as well. My firesuit had hot pink stripes, my team had matching team shirts and some even rocked hot pink vans and sweat bands. The Castrol EDGE team had a consistent car all weekend but unfortunately went out in the first round.

In a couple of weeks, my team will be painting the Las Vegas track pink to bring awareness to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Fans can join in by ordering either my pink Castrol EDGE dragster die-cast or Courtney's pink Traxxas Funny Car die-cast from Lionel from our souvenir store. Portions from the sale of the pink race cars will go to the foundation.

To find something close to my heart and watch my friends and teammates come together in support means so much to me.

When I began thinking about competing professionally, I knew I wanted to use racing to open doors to involve myself in a good cause. Drag racing brings entertainment to fans all over the world, but I wanted to bring more than just that. I hoped to have moved my friends, teammates and even my fans by being a good example and giving back. I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many good friends by my side who actively support the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.