FORCE, LINDBERG CRASH IN PHOENIX; FORCE TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL
John Force and Johnnie Lindberg were involved in a two-car accident during the second round of Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Lindberg appeared uninjured and was seen walking back to his pits.
“I got up and walked away,” Lindberg said. “I felt good and the doctors came to my trailer to check me out and told me that I’m good.”
Force was alert and conscious and talking to NHRA medical personnel. He was transported to a hospital for further evaluation.
Force appeared headed towards a quarter-final when his Peak-sponsored Camaro Funny Car exploded at the finish line. The chassis shredded the body, and the concussion of the blast turned Force right, and into the pathway of Lindberg, who had already pulled his parachutes.
The two Funny Cars became entangled through their parachutes, and came to a stop with both cars bodyless.
Force would have faced his daughter and No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force in the semis.
"As they were taking him away to check him out, he told me to go out there and kick their asses, and that's what I am going to do," Courtney said. "Hopefully he's watching."