Update: John Force released from hospital after scary NHRA crash
Just weeks after his daughter suffered a terrifying crash , Funny Car veteran driver John Force, 68, survived a scary one of his own.
Racing at NHRA Arizona Nationals Sunday, Force was facing Jonnie Lindberg in the elimination round when his car blew and crossed the center line after the finish. Force's car's parachutes were tangled with Lindberg for several minutes.
. @JFR_Racing John Force slams into the retaining wall while colliding with Jonnie Lindberg during eliminations at the #NHRA Arizona Nationals Sunday. Force was alert and responsive and transported to a local hospital pic.twitter.com/i7SUuAfurI— Will Lester (@WillLesterPhoto) February 25, 2018
The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion was taken to a hospital but was able to return to the Arizona track Sunday evening to congratulate youngest daughter Courtney Force, who won the event's Funny Car category in his absence, USA Today reported.
Not only did Sunday's crash come so soon after was Brittany Force's accident, but it also was eerily reminiscent of a 2007 crash in Dallas after which Force was airlifted to the hospital, underwent six hours of reconstructive surgery and six months of rehab before his return to competition.
Force on Sunday cited the safety engineered into the dragsters since his Dallas crash as the main reason he wasn’t more seriously injured this time around.