UPDATE: John Force was released from the hospital Sunday evening following a violent crash with Jonnie Lindberg during the second round of Funny Car eliminations during the NHRA Arizona Nationals
The two cars, linked together by tangled parachutes, hit one wall, then the other before coming to a stop. The 68-year-old veteran was transported to Chandler Regional Hospital as a precaution for further evaluation before being discharged.
Force returned to the track to congratulate his daughter, Courtney Force, who won the Funny Car final while he was at the hospital.
“This was a great day for John Force Racing,” Force said. “Brittany came back from a crash at Pomona and won first round and Courtney won Funny Car for Advance Auto Parts. My struggles continue, but I’m a big boy, I’ll fix it.”
Below is the original story posted Sunday afternoon.
CHANDLER, Ariz. – John Force was transported to a local hospital for observation on Sunday afternoon after a violent crash during NHRA Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Force was racing Johnnie Lindberg during the second round of Funny Car eliminations. Force won the race, but just as he got to the finish line his Funny Car exploded. The explosion destroyed the body on Force’s Funny Car and turned his car right into Lindberg’s lane.
The cars of Force and Lindberg made contact and their parachute lines became tangled. Lindberg’s Funny Car body also flew off before both cars came to a stop against the left side wall.
Force was alert, conscious and talking to NHRA medical personnel following the crash. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Team officials later reported Force was awake and sitting up at the hospital as he waited to undergo standard tests and exams following his crash.
The 16-time Funny Car champion would have faced his daughter and No. 1 Funny Car qualifier Courtney Force in the semi finals.
This is the second time that the patriarch of the Force family has been sent to the hospital after a crash. He was also briefly hospitalized following a crash during the opening day of qualifying for the NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif. on Feb. 9.
His other daughter, NHRA Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force, was also briefly hospitalized after an incident during Top Fuel eliminations at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Feb. 11. She was released from the hospital the following day with just soreness.