Ashley Force Hood is a former professional Top Fuel Funny Car drag racer who raced for her father’s company John Force Racing. Her father, John Force, is the 16-time NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car national champion.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Ashley also entered the race track early in her life. Luckily, she made a lot of contributions as the female drag racer in the industry.
Apart from earning the Rookie of the Year award, Force even became the first woman to earn a win in TF/FC. But she announced her retirement from the industry after her first childbirth.
Today, we will take a peek at her personal life, including her family, education, early life, and her short-lived yet accomplished drag racing career. Make sure to read till the end to find more about her.
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Ashley Force Hood: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Ashley Force Hood|
|Birth Date||November 29, 1982|
|Birth Place||Yorba Linda, California, US|
|Known as||Ashley Force|
|University||California State University|
|School||Esperanza High School|
|Father’s Name||John Force|
|Mother’s Name||Laurie Force|
|Age||39 years old|
|Height||5 feet 6 inches(168 cm)|
|Weight||57 kgs(125 lbs)|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
|Associated to||John Force Racing|
|Net Worth||$3 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||Books of Daniel Hood, Drag Race Gears|
|Last Update||August, 2022|
Who is Ashley Force Hood?- Family
Ashley Force Hood, a former Top Fuel Funny Care drag racer for the team, John Force Racing. She was born and grew up in the city of Yorba Linda, California, the United States of America, as Ashley Force.
Talking about her family, Force is the daughter of John Force, a legendary racer, and Laurie Force.
Apart from her parents, Hood has two sisters, named Courtney and Brittany, and an older half-sister, Adria.
Other than their names, details on her whereabouts are unknown. Likewise, Hood is an American citizen who belongs to a white ethnic background.
Early Life and Education
As for her education, Ashley went to the Anaheim-based Esperanza High School. There she used to be a cheerleader just like her sister, Courtney. After that, Ashley enrolled at California State University, Fullerton(CSUF).
From there, Force graduated with a B.A. degree where she majored in Communications with an emphasis in television and video, in 2003. Right after her graduation, Ashley started drag racing.
Similarly, in 2004, Hood won three of the season’s final five races as a Top Alcohol Dragster rookie, including the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S Nationals at Indianapolis; and the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California event at Pomona.
Not to mention, it was also the event where she shared the winner’s circle with her father-NHRA’s first-ever father-daughter winners.
How old is Ashley Force Hood?- Age and Body Measurements
The famous drag racer Ashley Force Hood has been gone from the scene for a long time. Almost in her 30s, Force is now focusing on being a mother than racing.
Likewise, Ashley was born in the year 1982, which means she is 38 years old. Force celebrates her birthday every year on the 29th of November.
Also, her zodiac sign happens to be Sagittarius. And from what we know, the people of this sign are known to be smart, skilled, and goal-oriented.
Moving to her body measurements, Force stands at an average height of 5 feet 6 inches(168 cm) and weighs around 57 kgs(125 lbs). Even after being a mother, Ashley has maintained her body well.
Moreover, back in 2007, she was voted as the Hottest Athlete by an AOL Sports Poll, where Force beat fan favorites like Tom Brady and Danica Patrick.
How much is Ashley Force Hood worth?- Net Worth and Salary
The former female drag racer, Ashley Force, was active in the industry for seven years. But professionally she only started later in 2007. But whatever the duration was, Ashley managed to grab a lot of attention and make a record while at that.
As of 2022, it is reported that Ashley has acquired a net worth of $3 million. It all comes from her successful career as a drag racer. Sadly, Force’s career on the race track was shorter than anticipated, though.
Moreover, anything other than her worth has not been recorded for public knowledge. Not to mention, the Force’s income and salary are also not known yet.
But there is no doubt that the Hood family is living a happy and luxurious life with their children.
Who is Ashley Force Hood’s husband?- Married, Husband, and Personal Life
As we know by now, Ashley Force is a married woman as of now. She married Castrol GTX Funny Car team’s parts manager, Daniel Hood. After marrying him, Ashley changed her name to Ashley Force Hood.
Likewise, the couple exchanged their vows on December 13, 2008, where their wedding ceremony was held in Lake Tahoe. Sadly, not much information has been shared about the events.
In fact, it is also their whole married life and even their dating life before that. We have no idea where and when the two met for the first time. But just from the assumption, Ashley might have met after she started racing.
Nonetheless, the duo is the biggest supporter of each other. Ashley gave birth to her first child, a son on August 8, 2011, and named him Jacob John Hood. Later, the couple also welcomed their second son, Noah Hood.
Similarly, the small family of four also takes upon two American Bobtail cats named Simba and Gizmo. All in all, the family is living a happy and blissful life at the moment.
Professional Career- Female Drag Racer
As we know, Ashley started her drag race career right after her graduation. She quickly teamed up with her father and drove for her father’s team John Force Racing in 2007, with a Mustang Top Fuel Funny Car sponsored by Castrol.
Not only that, but the father-daughter duo also created history by racing each other in NHRA. Surprisingly, Ashley beat her father with an elapsed time of 4.779 seconds, where her top speed was 510.24 km/hr.
Following her win, Force moved to the semi-finals and even became the first female to reach the national series TF/FC final round at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October 2007.
Sadly, she lost to Tony Pedregon on a holeshot. And it seemed as Ashley took her losing streak in the early 2008 racing season as well. Force lost three consecutive meetings in Houston, Las Vegas, and Atlanta, respectively.
To put it out there, Force made her first final round appearance of the year on March 30 at Houston and lost to Del Worsham. Then at Las Vegas, she failed Tim Wilkerson and became the first female racer ever to lead the NHRA Funny Car.
Likewise, as for her final opponent, she faced her father, John, who was vying to score the 1000th round win of his career.
Finally, after all those losses, Ashley claimed her first-ever NHRA Funny Car win on April 27, 2008, where the opponent was her father. Likewise, the win was the first-ever for a woman.
Force also got the second event win of her career on March 29, 2009, at the O-Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals. After losing to his former instructor, Jack Beckman, Force gathered her fourth career number 1 qualifier at the Southern Nationals.
To be the first female Funny Car driver to win in two different classes, Ashley beat her teammate Robert Hight. Not to mention, Force finished the season second in points, the highest women finished in Funny Car history.
Fast forward to 2011, Ashley became the President of John Force Entertainment on January 25. It is more like a subsidiary of John Force Racing, which will focus on developing media projects and products.
Furthermore, on January 28, 2012, Hood assumed the title of President of John Force Entertainment. Besides that, she was also featured with her family on the A&E reality show, Driving Force.
The accident in 2007
Ashley has been a fan favorite throughout her sports career. However, right during her early years, she faced a tragic point in her life. She lost her teammate Eric Medlen.
“I had never lost anyone that close to me. Eric was so much more than a teammate. He was like my brother.” -Ashley Force Hood
Well, Eric died of massive head injuries suffered in a testing accident at Gainesville, Fla. Indeed, that even taught Ashley a much deeper lesson in the car racing field.
Social Media Presence
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