July 13, 2024

John Force accident condition is now critical to…

Car driver John Force waves to the fans during driver introductions on day three of the NHRA Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, July 24, 2016.

(Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post, via Getty Images)

The NHRA Medical Team assessed the 75-year-old at the Virginia Motorsports Park circuit before transporting him by medical helicopter to a facility for further evaluation. According to the Associated Press, the engine exploded in Force’s car near the finish line during the first round of Funny Car eliminations, sending it across the centerline and striking the left concrete guard wall before careening back across into the right wall. “We are keeping our friend John Force in our thoughts and prayers.” “He’s one tough cookie,” Tony Stewart, a former NASCAR driver who now competes in the NHRA’s Top Fuel class, commented on social media.

Force won his record 157th NHRA race and second of the season just three weeks ago in New Hampshire. Force, 58, was severely injured in a racing accident in Ennis, Texas, in 2007. Long after Force’s injury, teammate Austin Prock won the Funny Car class, defeating Bob Tasca III in the final round.

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