UPDATE: John Force was released from the hospital a few hours after his crash and returned to the track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. He was able to watch streaming video of the final round from the hospital and was released a short time later.
“My struggles continue, but I’m a big boy, I’ll fix it,” Force said. “Really glad to know that Jonnie Lindberg is okay. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. I think I still have another championship in me. Depending on what the doctors say, I’m gonna come out and watch Robert [Hight] test his Auto Club Chevrolet tomorrow and then get ready for Gainesville.”
John Force was taken to a local hospital as a precaution after his Funny Car collided with Jonnie Lindberg in their second-round elimination run at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Force crossed the finish line first but suffered a large blower explosion right before crossing the line. The explosion blew Force’s cover off and sent him across the lane into the retaining wall and then into Lindberg. Force’s parachutes tangled with Lindberg and turned Lindberg into the wall, dragging Force behind him and into the wall.
Force was speaking with safety personnel and was transported to the local hospital for evaluation. Lindberg exited the car under his own power.#NHRAonFOX starts at 6:30p ET on @FS1. pic.twitter.com/94KTQvV9rb
— #NHRA (@NHRA) February 25, 2018
Force, 68, was speaking with safety personnel before he was transported to the hospital, and Lindberg exited his car under his own power.
The incident meant Courtney Force, who defeated Matt Hagan in the second round, had to make a solo run instead of racing her father in the semifinals.
The crash comes as Force’s daughter Brittany returned to action after escaping serious injuries in a vicious shunt at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.