Hectic Lifestyle The Norm for Racing Power Couple

There are very few off days and Courtney Force and husband Graham Rahal often are on airplanes heading in opposite directions.

But it's a lifestyle that Force, the current Funny Car points leader in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and Rahal, fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, have learned to embrace since getting married in 2015.

"I can't really tell you our next off weekend together; I have no idea,″ said Force, who races for her legendary father at John Force Racing. "It's constant (racing), but I think we're both fortunate that we both understand each other's careers and enjoy going to races, obviously.

"Any time I have an off weekend I'm at one of his races supporting him and vice versa. That's kind of what you have to do to make it work and make it so we can actually see each other. We have a lot of air miles. We're traveling constantly and we're both always at a race track.″

Force and Rahal split time between California and Indiana and are currently in Indiana getting ready for Rahal's biggest race of the year, the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Next up for Force is a trip to Topeka for next week's Menards NHRA Nationals May 18-20 at Heartland Motorsports Park.

"Now that it's the month of May we're kind of based out here (in Indiana) more, obviously getting him ready for his race but a lot of my races are out this way, too,″ Force said in a phone interview. "It kind of makes the travel a little bit easier rather than coming from California.″

Force is coming off her second win of the season at Atlanta. Rahal, a six-time IndyCar race winner, was on hand to cheer her on.

"It was amazing,″ she said. "It was really great having him and his support for me out there and being able to celebrate with him in the winner's circle, along with both my sisters and my dad.

"It was a lot of fun, but I told him that now the pressure's on for him to go out there and make it happen in Indy.″

Trying to juggle two high-pressure careers is obviously a challenge, but Force said there are advantages to her and Rahal both being racers.

"I think it's great because we both have been through the highs and the lows of racing,″ she said. "We both understand it and we both take it very seriously. I don't think everyone understands what it feels like to be in that driver's seat and the pressures and being pushed in different directions and everything you put on yourself to perform your best.

"But luckily we both understand it and are always trying to be supportive of each other through the highs and the lows and try to motivate each other to do our best job driving. I love having him out there and I think it's the same for him and we try to be positive and motivating for each other because it's a long season.″

Force and the rest of her Mello Yello Series counterparts will run a pair of qualifying sessions on May 18 and 19 before eliminations on Sunday, May 20.

Force currently holds an eight-point lead over Jack Beckman in the Funny Car standings. Steve Torrence is 120 points ahead of Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and Vincent Nobile is 48 points in front of Bo Butner in Pro Stock.