With casts now on both feet, John Force won’t be breaking any speed records this
week when the 2008 NHRA POWERade drag racing season races to close with the 43rd
running of the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
The 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion underwent additional scheduled surgery
Tuesday at Kerlan-Jobe Medical Center in Los Angeles where doctors inserted a
pin in his right foot to support a broken bone discovered after he had flown
home to Yorba Linda, Calif., following 27 days in a Dallas, Texas, hospital.
Doctors also cleaned and repaired a troublesome nail bed on the middle finger of
his right hand.
The new cast will further restrict Force’s mobility. The 125-time tour
winner was able to use a walker to get to and from the starting line during last
week’s ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, but, with a new boot cast on the right foot,
he will be confined to a wheelchair or his the cab of his Ford truck this
Nevertheless, it is just a temporary setback for the 14-time Auto Racing
all-America selection, who plans to be back in the cockpit of his Castrol GTX
High Mileage Ford Mustang in time for pre-season testing in January.