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Tourney Team 197
09-23-2007, 11:29 PM
The latest report is saying that John has suffered two broken legs from his crash in Dallas. My prayers go out to him and the rest of the team.

Jerseydave
09-23-2007, 11:38 PM
I just got done watching that race coverage, wow bad crash.

Broken leg (or legs?), broken wrist and some fingers, bad contusion on one knee down to the bone. Cat scan did show negative, thank god.

I met John Force on several occasions when I was with MAC TOOLS, he is quite the colorful character in drag racing.

Get well soon, John and hurry back!

tex
09-23-2007, 11:40 PM
I hope things work out! I try to think of something to write about him and all I can think of is Drive and Force!

Lennyp04
09-24-2007, 07:37 AM
watched the crash on ESPN. Not to sound bad but thank god he only broke his legs. Cold have been much worse.

Jerseydave
09-24-2007, 08:00 AM
Now they're saying one broken ankle and badly dislocated wrist, which they put pins in last night............he's a lucky man!
Check here www.nhra.com

trickskier
09-24-2007, 10:51 AM
At over 300 MPH to have only sustained a broken ankle and dislocated wrist is a testament to NHRA's commitment to safety.

Tourney Team 197
09-24-2007, 11:20 AM
Knowing John, he's probably talking the nurses' ears off! That is good news to hear that there is only one broken ankle. I also heard that the CAT scans came up negative. Hopefully this will not send him into an early retirement.

RexDog1
09-24-2007, 11:41 AM
I just got off the phone with a crew member of Max’s Jagermeister team and he said, John will be ok but his session is over,
he had some tire “Chunking” on his left tire it is unknown his left tire went flat from chunking or if the timing block hit the tire?
His hand and arm injuries happened when his car ripped in half the steering wheel went with the front half of the car John was holding it and it was ripped out of his hands, he stayed with the back end of the car, just the seat, backend and two tires and John legs were exposed when the front end of the car ripped away …………….

God be with Team Force, it has been a very tuff season :(

T-Rager
09-24-2007, 02:01 PM
RexDog1,

Thanks for the "inside" information.

The video at the following link sure suggests that the timing cone that Kenny Bernstein hit was the primary cause of John's car failure.

http://jalopnik.com/cars/drag-racing/stunning-video-of-john-force-funny-car-crash-in-texas-302814.php

RexDog1
09-24-2007, 09:41 PM
http://www.nhra.com/content/news/24477.htm

Up Date:o

RexDog1
09-27-2007, 05:46 PM
DALLAS, Texas – Disputing suggestions that his 2007 season might be over following a spectacular crash last Sunday at Billy Meyer’s Texas Motorplex, drag racing icon John Force worked through physical therapy Wednesday at Baylor University Medical Center while his crew chiefs pondered their options for next week’s TORCO Racing Fuels Nationals at Richmond, Va.

Seriously injured Sunday when his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang broke in two at the end of a second round match with the Dodge Charger of Kenny Bernstein, Force endured another strenuous physical therapy session Wednesday in the hope of speeding his release.

Meanwhile, co-crew chiefs Austin Coil and Bernie Fedderly, with input from fellow crew chiefs Jimmy Prock, Dean “Guido” Antonelli and John Medlen, were examining video of the accident in the hope of providing Force with enough information to determine how many cars he might send to Richmond.

“The crew chiefs are looking for what happened,” Force said. “Was it a tire issue? Was it a chassis issue? What happened, first, and then, why did it happen? We have to know those answers before we make any decisions.

“But, bottom line, the things we’ve done, safety-wise, since Eric’s accident (teammate Eric Medlen succumbed last March to injuries suffered in a testing accident in Florida), are working. My neck and head were fine. Bernstein’s neck and head were fine. Eric saved some lives out there and now we need to move ahead to address other issues.”

Although the 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion reluctantly admitted that he might not be able to drive as early as next week, he vowed to be back for the last two events in the NHRA POWERade Series – the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 25-28, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the Auto Club Finals, Nov. 1-4, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif,.).

“I need to get back out there to help Robert (son-in-law and teammate Robert Hight),” Force said. “He’s got a shot at this championship. I did, too, right up until the tire let go.”

Fortunately for Force, the tire blew, for reasons as yet unknown, at the end of the run, just as he was deploying the parachutes. When the chutes hit, the car pulled apart with the front half accelerating forward into Bernstein’s lane and the back half coming to rest, with Force still strapped inside, against the left side guardwall. Force’s injuries included a compound fracture of the left ankle but the veteran never lost consciousness.

Force’s victory over Bernstein moved him back into the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship, but he’ll drop out of the final four if either of the three drivers immediately behind him – Ron Capps, Gary Scelzi or Mike Ashley – is simply able to make a qualifying attempt next week at Virginia Motorsports Park.

As a result, the 125-time tour winner was left to ponder what might have been Wednesday while visiting with sponsors and well-wishers. His visitors included Ford Racing boss Dan Davis, Automobile Club of Southern California president Tom McKernan and Bob Lawrence, CEO of BrandSource, Inc.

He took a phone call from NASCAR legend and TV analyst Darrell Waltrip, who was with a group of NEXTEL Cup drivers visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and welcomed “Lone Star J.R.,” Johnny Rutherford, who stopped by to offer words of encouragement as three-time former NHRA Funny Car Champion Raymond Beadle, owner of the car in which Rusty Wallace won his only NASCAR championship, did on Tuesday

Prostar in Michigain
09-27-2007, 05:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrbFyH4vFWE

this explains all the questions

RexDog1
09-27-2007, 05:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrbFyH4vFWE

this explains all the questions

Explains what? :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

Sodar
09-27-2007, 05:57 PM
Explains what? :confused: :confused:

That he crashed and got hurt............ DUH!!! :D :D

RexDog1
09-27-2007, 05:59 PM
That he crashed and got hurt............ DUH!!! :D :D


LOL LOL http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_11_6.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSYYYYYYMNUS)
needed that!!!!!!!! Beer is on me my friend :D

TMCNo1
09-27-2007, 07:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrbFyH4vFWE

this explains all the questions


OK,
“The crew chiefs are looking for what happened,” Force said. “Was it a tire issue? Was it a chassis issue? What happened, first, and then, why did it happen? We have to know those answers before we make any decisions.

They need answers, now jump out there and give'um to them!

TMCNo1
09-27-2007, 07:14 PM
I would like to see him driving again soon, but.................................?

Sodar
09-27-2007, 07:27 PM
You can say that again! :D :D

TMCNo1
09-27-2007, 08:00 PM
You can say that again! :D :D

http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_11_6.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSYYYYYYMNUS) I cleaned it up, I have no idea how/when/why I dbl. posted!

RexDog1
09-27-2007, 09:59 PM
I would like to see him driving again soon, but.................................?

The word is he will be in Pomona ,,,,,,,:rolleyes: the last race of the year……
I also would like to see him drive soon!!!!!:o

RexDog1
10-01-2007, 11:59 AM
While he is thankful for changes to his race car that protected his head and neck in a spectacular crash last week at the Texas Motorplex, drag racing icon John Force said Sunday that his next goal is to promote the development of a protective “tub” that might help mollify leg and foot injuries like those from which he is recovering at Baylor University Medial Center.

“I had no head injuries, no neck injuries, no back injuries, no bleeding, not a even a Band-Aid on anything but my hands and feet,” Force said, crediting changes to the cockpit that followed the tragic death of teammate Eric Medlen in a testing accident last March at Gainesville, Fla. “The next issue is to put the driver in an Indy Car-type monocoque that protects his legs.

“I wish I could explain it to you, but I don’t fully understand it myself. Bottom line, I’ve got the best people in the world working on it. I’ve got John Medlen, Eric’s dad, who heads up the Eric Medlen Project. I’ve got 15 Ford engineers, Dr. John Melvin and all the crew chiefs. Every day, they call here and give input to Robert (Hight, Force’s son-in-law and driver of the Automobile Club of Southern California Ford Mustang) because I can’t be on the phone with everybody. If I have an hour a day, I’m lucky.

“You know, we did start on a tub three, four months ago when Eric crashed,” Force said, “but we got so busy dealing with cockpit issues – extra padding, the seven-point belt, new head-and-neck restraints – that there just wasn’t time (to complete the project) and that’s why I’m here.”

Force, drag racing’s most prolific winner with 125 NHRA POWERade tour victories and 14 Funny Car championships, suffered a compound fracture of the left ankle, broken toes and a broken bone in his right foot, broken and mangled fingers on his right hand and a dislocated left wrist when his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang suffered a tire failure at 300 miles per hour.

When the tire blew, the chassis came apart with the front half veering into the lane occupied by rival Kenny Bernstein, hitting his Dodge Charger; the back half coming to rest, with Force still strapped inside, against the left guardwall.

Force’s injuries were addressed in six hours of surgery last Sunday night by Dr. Michael Foreman, chief of trauma services at Baylor, orthopedic traumatologist Dr. Alan Jones and orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Zehr, a specialist in hand injuries. The 14-time Auto Racing All-America selection’s prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.

Dr. Jones, who used three screws to repair Force’s damaged left ankle, also tended to the leg injuries suffered by IRL driver Kenny Brack in his 2003 accident at Texas Motor Speedway.

Once Force is released from Baylor, likely either Monday or Tuesday, he will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to consult with his crew chiefs about the chassis changes and with with Dr. Terry Trammell, an orthopedist specializing in motor racing injuries.

Force’s goal is to travel to Richmond, Va., for this week’s TORCO Racing Fuels Nationals to provide moral support for Hight, who is prominently in contention for the $500,000 POWERade Championship. Nevertheless, he said Sunday that he will abide by whatever Drs. Jones and Trammell believe is best.

“The first car that rolls out (of the McKinney Corporation chassis works) will be Robert’s,” Force said. “The second one was intended to be mine because I really thought that I’d be driving (at Richmond). Now I know that’s not gonna happen. I haven’t given up on driving at Las Vegas or Pomona, but if they docs say no, I’m just gong to do what they say so that I’ll be ready for testing in January.”

“We’re working with Murf McKinney to get the changes done,” Force said, “but his people are on overload because there are other guys in line to make the same changes. Ashley’s car (the Castrol GTX Ford driven by 24-year-old rookie Ashley Force) is in that line. So is a car for our newest driver, Mike Neff.”

The fix includes the addition of an X-shaped cross member for strength plus additional bracing designed to insure that if there is another such incident, the chassis won’t break at a point that leaves the driver’s legs exposed like Force’s were.

“Safety still is the big issue,” Force said. “I’ll evaluate what they’ve gotten done when I get to Indy. As far as Robert Hight and the championship, he will be our lead car. He will be in Richmond with changes made to his car – all the new stuff that we can possibly put on it.”

Hight, the 2005 winner of the Auto Club’s Road to the Future Award that identifies the NHRA’s Rookie of the Year, presently is second in Funny Car points behind Dallas winner Tony Pedregon

“You don’t need four Funny Cars to win a championship,” Force said. “We won five championships with one car. We didn’t add a second car until 1996. If Robert has to take this on by himself, there’s no reason why he can’t still win it all. (How many other Fords are in the Richmond field) depends on what the crew chiefs tell me and how much McKinney can get done.”

trickskier
10-01-2007, 12:10 PM
I watched that crash several times. John's very lucky to be alive!!!

Sodar
10-01-2007, 12:16 PM
I feel so bad for his doctors, nurses, family members, crew cheifs, and anyone else who has to be in contact with him while he is laid up. I can just imagine him laying in bed yelling at everyone.... :)

RexDog1
10-01-2007, 12:24 PM
LOL LOL YEP…………. But I did see an interview with him last week, and he was on drugs very kick back not at all the John we all know and love……. I think the Dr. are pumping him full of drugs to keep his trap closed LOL LOL I would if I were the Dr.:rolleyes:

Sodar
10-01-2007, 12:29 PM
LOL LOL YEP…………. But I did see an interview with him last week, and he was on drugs very kick back not at all the John we all know and love……. I think the Dr. are pumping him full of drugs to keep his trap closed LOL LOL I would if I were the Dr.:rolleyes:

No kidding!

PM at you...

GASouthernMC
10-01-2007, 08:11 PM
Did anybody catch any of the interview with him they played on Wind Tunnel last night?

I think they said his finger injuries were where he ground the tips of them off on the pavement. I'm not sure if I heard that right, but if I did, that makes me hurt just thinking about it

RexDog1
10-01-2007, 10:09 PM
Yes his fingers were ground down……. I need to stop my wife reading the City News Paper, they make it sound Horrific …….. And she is giving me CHIT climbing back into the car, after Eric death, she has been on my back…. now John crash……I am thinking about it??????? And I am only going 150mph in the ¼ I can’t even think about going 320+ mph :eek3:

RexDog1
10-03-2007, 11:05 PM
John Force got a reality check Tuesday and the 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion found he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

Faced with the knowledge that he can’t put weight on a badly broken left ankle for at least 60 days and the realization that his severely damaged right knee and foot simply won’t hold him up, Force finally acquiesced to the wishes of orthopedic surgeons treating him at Baylor University Medical Center.

The upshot is that the injured icon will remain at Baylor for an undermined amount of time under the supervision of trauma specialist Dr. Michael Foreman, orthopedic traumatologist Dr. Alan Jones and orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Zehr and immediately will embark on a more intense physical therapy program.

Although, with assistance, he has been up on his feet since the Sept. 23rd accident at the Texas Motorplex that left him seriously injured for the first time in his 30-year career, reports that the 125-time tour winner has been walking have been greatly exaggerated.

His physical activity to date has consisted primarily of doing pull-ups with his right arm and raising and lowering his legs – all from his hospital bed, which is why, on Tuesday, drag racing’s biggest star acknowledged that while he is extremely motivated to get back in his race car as quickly as possible, he finally understands that he cannot accelerate the healing process.

“It is what it is,” Force said. “I know I said I was going to drive at Richmond (in this week’s second annual TORCO Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park) and that I was going to drive at Las Vegas. That’s what I wanted to do, but the truth is I’m beat up pretty bad. I can’t do anything for myself right now plus my blood count is down.

“They want me to eat, but nothing tastes right and they want me to walk on my own, which I can’t do because my right leg is so bad.”

Force’s right leg initially was weakened by childhood polio and then aggravated by an accident in 1989. In the crash, the same knee was deeply lacerated, affecting the tendons and ligaments.

“I’ve had to rely on my daughter Ashley and my son-in-law, Robert Hight, to do everything for me – and I mean everything,” Force said. “I got two bad hands and two bad legs, so it didn’t make any sense to do a couple days of therapy here, a couple more in Indy and a couple more in California.

“My doctors here are right up there with the best in the world for these kinds of injuries. They worked with Kenny Brack and they’ve handled PBR bull riders when they’ve been hurt. So, my new game plan is to stay here to do the physical therapy they want.”

That decision countermands Force’s earlier plan to travel to Indianapolis this week and then on to Richmond to provide morale support for Hight, who presently is second in POWERade points behind only Tony Pedregon.

Instead, he will remain in Texas under the care of a trauma team that has had considerable experience with injuries like those suffered by the 14-time Auto Racing All-American when his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang literally broke in half after a tire failure.

In fact, Dr. Jones headed the team that put IndyCar driver Kenny Brack back together after he crashed heavily in a 2003 IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway. That was a determining factor in Force’s decision to stay put although he still is determined to be in Las Vegas for the Halloween weekend ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

“I’d like to think that I’m Superman, but I’m not,” Force said. “I know I have to get stronger. I’m down probably 10 pounds (since the crash), but for years whenever I lost weight I did it the wrong way. Instead of exercising it off, I just quit eating. Well, lying here in the hospital, I realized how weak I am. I know I’ve got build myself back up if I’m going to continue to race. So that’s what I’m going to do.”

Relying on his family for support, Force said his nephew, Brian Force, will fly to Dallas to take over the heavy lifting from Hight, who has done yeoman duty as Force’s arms and legs during recovery.

Enhancements to Hight’s Automobile Club of Southern California Ford Mustang should be completed Wednesday. That will make it possible for the seven-time tour winner to compete this week – but not to test.

Work still is being done at McKinney Corporation on Ashley’s Castrol GTX Ford and on a third Mustang for rookie-to-be Mike Neff. Force’s car, which was to be the second to receive the latest upgrade, was pulled out of line when it became apparent that the 1996 Driver of the Year would be unable to compete this week.

Force said Tuesday that Ashley’s participation in the TORCO Nationals won’t even be considered if improvements to her car are not completed by Thursday. :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

In addition to his leg injuries, Force has broken bones in the fingers on his right hand and a severely dislocated left wrist. He also has skin grafts on his injured fingers. Of some additional concern is the fact that his white blood count is low, a situation that ultimately might necessitate a blood transfusion.

TMCNo1
10-03-2007, 11:26 PM
Now that sounds more like it. I'm glad John isn't going to try to rush the proper healing process as directed by his Dr.'s and go out an injure hisself than he already is and or really screw something or someone else up.

Sodar
10-04-2007, 02:18 AM
Wow... I knew that he was messed up, but that puts it a little more into perspective. Sounds like he has a long road ahead and I am glad that he has finally realized he needs to take it slow... I just wonder how long this state of mind will last! My guess is by next weekend, he will be doing beside TV appearances and have a full office set up in his hospital room...:)

TMCNo1
10-04-2007, 07:34 AM
Wow... I knew that he was messed up, but that puts it a little more into perspective. Sounds like he has a long road ahead and I am glad that he has finally realized he needs to take it slow... I just wonder how long this state of mind will last! My guess is by next weekend, he will be doing beside TV appearances and have a full office set up in his hospital room...:)

I can relate, when came home after my Colorectal cancer surgrery, OMG I felt good and I got the leaf blower out an blew the entire place and messed around for a couple hours,.............then...............the hospital induced pain meds went away and I was in the bed for 3 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Taught me something!

RexDog1
10-04-2007, 10:41 AM
By the Owner of the Motorplex Billy Meyer

September 26, 2007 - Today I have decided to write this first ever thoughts from the Motorplex owner.
I have been really good friends with John Force and Kenny Bernstein for some 35 years. This past Sunday was the first time that I have been overcome by emotions at a race track. Two friends involved in, what looked to be, a possible fatal accident was a very big gut check for me. These guys drive very fast race cars that are well prepared and tuned, but we never know when something will happen that could possibly change life forever.
One thing I am aware of is that all things are sifted through God's hands. Good things may happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people, and God allows all of us to be tested and tested. We all at one point in life are up on the mountain and we all have been in the depths of the valley. It is from the valley that one learns the most. John understands that God has a purpose for his life and I am one who firmly believes he will spend his recuperating time continuing to thank God for protecting his life. I know that Kenny stated it very well in his post accident remarks "we all need to be praying for John and his family; our prayers are for his comfort and recovery during this very difficult time".
I know that the Bible states God will not put anymore on us than we can bear and when He does press us, He will provide a way out. The Bible also states, "trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Most of our spectators place race car drivers on a pedestal and think they are invincible. I wanted to write this letter for one reason and that is to remind you that we are not invincible and to get each one of you to pay attention to what both John and Kenny have been saying in their releases and interviews. They know that their lives are in God's hands when they climb in into a racecar and they know He has a purpose for their lives. I wanted to say that you can only have this comfort if He is your personal Savior. If He is not, I pray that this accident awakens you to understand that you need to ask Him into your heart.
Kenny is doing great, even though he is a little beat up; John will recover after a long rehab of all four limbs. They both could use your words of encouragement and your thanks for being class acts, and of course, your prayers.
God Bless
Billy Meyer

RexDog1
10-05-2007, 11:08 AM
BOTH FORCES OUT AT RICHMOND; HIGHT CARRIES THE LOAD FOR TEAM
Upgrades to Ashley’s Car Not Completed in Time for TORCO Nationals

DALLAS, Texas – Injured drag racing star John Force confirmed Thursday that daughter Ashley, the leading contender for the Auto Club’s 2007 Road to the Future Award, won’t compete this week in the second annual TORCO Racing Fuels Nationals at Richmond, Va.

Modifications to the 24-year-old’s 320 mile-an-hour Ford Mustang that were mandated by her father after his Sept. 23 crash at the Texas Motorplex simply could not be completed in time to send the Castrol GTX team to Virginia Motorsports Park.

Since Ashley is not part of the NHRA’s new Countdown to the Championship, priority for those upgrades was given to teammate Robert Hight’s Auto Club Ford, which will be the only John Force Racing entry in the Final 4 and the only one in competition this weekend.

“A lot of different decisions had to be made within a short amount of time,” Ashley said. “The top priority is safety and the second priority was getting Robert and his team into the Richmond race because they’re still in the Countdown.

“So, we focused on Robert’s Auto Club Mustang. They’re still working right now to get it ready and there just wasn’t time to do the other cars like dad wanted them. So, I’m staying (in Dallas) with dad and Mike Neff (who’ll drive a fourth Force Racing entry next season) is going to be in Richmond with Robert.

“It’s a little disappointing, but we’ll just stick with our teammates and get ready for Vegas (and the Oct. 26-28 ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway).”

Ashley has remained at Baylor University Medical Center since her father’s crash. The elder Force presently is undergoing an accelerated program of physical therapy to address a laundry list of injuries that include a compound fracture of the left ankle, broken toes and fingers, a badly dislocated left wrist and a severely lacerated right knee.

Hight, who was the points leader until he failed to qualify for the race in which his father-in-law was injured, doesn’t believe the changes to his car, which included extra bracing throughout the chassis, will adversely effect performance even though they added 30 pounds of weight.

“It’s untried,” Hight said of the car in which, earlier this year, he posted the two quickest quarter miles in Funny Car history, “but, trust me, the crew chiefs wouldn’t send our car out there if they didn’t think it could compete. I’m actually looking for it to be a better car along with being safer. Until we go down the track, we won’t really know, but I have a feeling that it might be better.”

As for Force, he’ll follow the race by phone and, with the help of staff members and family, on the internet.

“Robert’s our lead guy now,” Force said. “He’s racin’ this week not just for me and Ashley and Eric Medlen but for all the sponsors – Castrol GTX, Auto Club, Ford, Mac Tools, BrandSource, Mach 1 Air Services. I’m in the Countdown (fourth in points) but if any of those other guys show up (three other drivers are within 15 points of him), they knock me out – and they’re probably gonna show up.”

Medlen, the lead driver in Force’s Next Generation initiative, succumbed last March to injuries suffered in a testing accident at Gainesville, Fla. Modifications made to the cars after that accident probably kept Force from suffering more serious injuries in his crash.

Those changes included widening the top of the roll cage and, with the assistance of Kris VanGilder at ISP (Innovative Safety Products), adding extra padding around the driver’s head. Furthermore, the team shucked the five-point seat belts mandated by rule for a more restrictive seven-point system and worked with Trevor Ashline of Safety Solutions, Inc., to create the new “Hybrid X” restraint system that restricts the driver’s head movement from side-to-side as well as from front-to-back.

“Eric saved my life,” Force said, “because my crew chief (Austin Coil) told me my accident was worse than his. If we hadn’t made the changes, I wouldn’t be here.
So I’m just gonna do my therapy this week and pull for Robert and Jimmy Prock and the whole Auto Club team.

“Next week, I’ll get with the docs and we’ll figure out when I can get back in the car. That’s my motivation. I miss racing.”

RexDog1
10-26-2007, 12:37 PM
HIGHT CONFIRMED, OTHERS WAIT FOR GO AHEAD TO RACE AT LAS VEGAS


Force Still Undecided About Ashley Force, Neff, Burkart Participation

John Force said Wednesday that he will send a full complement of Team Castrol Ford Mustangs to this week’s ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the 14-time NHRA Funny Car champion stopped short of confirming the participation of either Rookie-of-the-Year contender Ashley Force, rookie-to-be Mike Neff or Phil Burkart Jr., who tested impressively with the team last week.

“We have some new data and it looks like we still have issues,” Force said. “All I can say right now is that I have cleared Robert Hight to race in the Automobile Club of Southern California Ford. Decisions will be made on the other three cars after I talk with my crew chiefs again in Las Vegas.”

Still recovering from injuries suffered in a Sept. 23rd crash at the Texas Motorplex, Force cited “chassis issues” as the reason for his indecision. He would not elaborate further, but said he okayed Hight to compete because his car was built by a different manufacturer than the other three.

The heat-treating process has become the subject of debate in the weeks since the chassis beneath Force’s Castrol-backed Ford pulled apart after a tire failed for reasons not yet determined, leaving the 125-time tour winner’s legs exposed. Nevertheless, Force said Wednesday that heat treating is not the only issue currently being addressed by his team.

“We’re looking at the chassis, the tires, the track surface and our own preparation,” Force said. “And the chassis issues aren’t just about heat treating. We have some new information on materials and that’s what we’re going to discuss in Vegas. The crew chiefs are going over it now.”

The 58-year-old icon suffered a compound fracture of the left ankle, broken bones in his right foot, a badly dislocated left wrist, tendon and ligament damage to his right knee and mangled, broken and burned fingers on his right hand.

He was in a Dallas hospital for 27 days following six hours of reconstructive surgery the night of the accident. He learned Wednesday that his injured right foot will require more surgery within the next one to two weeks.

Force’s semifinal crash was not the first accident suffered this year by the sport’s most high-profile team, nor the worst. On March 23rd, four days after a testing accident at Gainesville, Fla., driver Eric Medlen succumbed to traumatic head injuries in an incident similar to Force’s. The safety enhancements implemented after Medlen’s crash are credited with saving Force’s life.

“It’s happened twice,” Force said, “and I’m not going to allow it to happen again. Am I shell-shocked? Probably, because I never thought something like this could happen. Am I being overly-cautious? When we’re talking about safety, yes.

“All I can say is that we’re looking at new data every day and working with Ford Motor Company, the NHRA, the PRO, Murf McKinney and Goodyear to come up with answers that will make things safer for everyone.

“I have a meeting with my crew chiefs Thursday to assess the latest data and that’s when we’ll make the final decision. Bottom line, if I don’t believe our cars are safe, I won’t run them and all my sponsors – Castrol, Auto Club, Ford, BrandSource, Mach 1 Air Services and Mac Tools – are in agreement.”

Hight, the only Team Force driver to qualify for the NHRA’s new Countdown to One, tested in the new car last Thursday at LVMS and was clocked in 4.757 seconds at 305.49 miles per hour. The other three Force Fords also participated in the test session without incident.

Hight’s chassis was one originally built for Force by Steve Plueger. After the 14-time Auto Racing All-American bought it back from the party to whom he had sold it, it was re-configured at Victory Race Cars, Inc., to incorporate changes including a wider cage with extra padding and a tub underneath to protect the driver’s feet.

John Medlen, Eric’s father, heads up The Eric Medlen Project, the JFR safety initiative launched after the Florida accident and housed in a building adjacent to the team’s shop facility in Brownsburg, Ind.

TMCNo1
10-26-2007, 01:48 PM
HIGHT CONFIRMED, OTHERS WAIT FOR GO AHEAD TO RACE AT LAS VEGAS


Force Still Undecided About Ashley Force, Neff, Burkart Participation

John Force said Wednesday that he will send a full complement of Team Castrol Ford Mustangs to this week’s ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the 14-time NHRA Funny Car champion stopped short of confirming the participation of either Rookie-of-the-Year contender Ashley Force, rookie-to-be Mike Neff or Phil Burkart Jr., who tested impressively with the team last week.

“We have some new data and it looks like we still have issues,” Force said. “All I can say right now is that I have cleared Robert Hight to race in the Automobile Club of Southern California Ford. Decisions will be made on the other three cars after I talk with my crew chiefs again in Las Vegas.”

Still recovering from injuries suffered in a Sept. 23rd crash at the Texas Motorplex, Force cited “chassis issues” as the reason for his indecision. He would not elaborate further, but said he okayed Hight to compete because his car was built by a different manufacturer than the other three.

The heat-treating process has become the subject of debate in the weeks since the chassis beneath Force’s Castrol-backed Ford pulled apart after a tire failed for reasons not yet determined, leaving the 125-time tour winner’s legs exposed. Nevertheless, Force said Wednesday that heat treating is not the only issue currently being addressed by his team.

“We’re looking at the chassis, the tires, the track surface and our own preparation,” Force said. “And the chassis issues aren’t just about heat treating. We have some new information on materials and that’s what we’re going to discuss in Vegas. The crew chiefs are going over it now.”

The 58-year-old icon suffered a compound fracture of the left ankle, broken bones in his right foot, a badly dislocated left wrist, tendon and ligament damage to his right knee and mangled, broken and burned fingers on his right hand.

He was in a Dallas hospital for 27 days following six hours of reconstructive surgery the night of the accident. He learned Wednesday that his injured right foot will require more surgery within the next one to two weeks.

Force’s semifinal crash was not the first accident suffered this year by the sport’s most high-profile team, nor the worst. On March 23rd, four days after a testing accident at Gainesville, Fla., driver Eric Medlen succumbed to traumatic head injuries in an incident similar to Force’s. The safety enhancements implemented after Medlen’s crash are credited with saving Force’s life.

“It’s happened twice,” Force said, “and I’m not going to allow it to happen again. Am I shell-shocked? Probably, because I never thought something like this could happen. Am I being overly-cautious? When we’re talking about safety, yes.

“All I can say is that we’re looking at new data every day and working with Ford Motor Company, the NHRA, the PRO, Murf McKinney and Goodyear to come up with answers that will make things safer for everyone.

“I have a meeting with my crew chiefs Thursday to assess the latest data and that’s when we’ll make the final decision. Bottom line, if I don’t believe our cars are safe, I won’t run them and all my sponsors – Castrol, Auto Club, Ford, BrandSource, Mach 1 Air Services and Mac Tools – are in agreement.”

Hight, the only Team Force driver to qualify for the NHRA’s new Countdown to One, tested in the new car last Thursday at LVMS and was clocked in 4.757 seconds at 305.49 miles per hour. The other three Force Fords also participated in the test session without incident.

Hight’s chassis was one originally built for Force by Steve Plueger. After the 14-time Auto Racing All-American bought it back from the party to whom he had sold it, it was re-configured at Victory Race Cars, Inc., to incorporate changes including a wider cage with extra padding and a tub underneath to protect the driver’s feet.

John Medlen, Eric’s father, heads up The Eric Medlen Project, the JFR safety initiative launched after the Florida accident and housed in a building adjacent to the team’s shop facility in Brownsburg, Ind.

The issues John and everyone around him have with the new data will be interesting. Please continue to keep us updated on it all...............thanks!

RexDog1
10-26-2007, 07:16 PM
Force team will field four cars in Vegas; Neff to get first start

John Force Racing will field four entries at this weekend's ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. In addition to championship contender Robert Hight, Force's daughter Ashley will return to the tour and will be joined by Phil Burkart Jr., who will fill in for sidelined Force, and new Team Force driver Mike Neff, who will make his official debut this weekend.
Force, who suffered extensive injuries to his feet, legs and hands in a Sept. 23 accident, still is confined to wheelchair because of his foot injuries and next week will undergo additional surgery on broken bones in his right foot.
"It's a huge honor for John to select me to fill in for him," Burkart said. "Just the fact that he and Austin [Coil] and Bernie [Fedderly, crew chiefs] trust me with their race car is very humbling. To me, this will go down as a little footnote in drag racing history, and I think it's really cool to be a part of it.
"I'm going to do everything I can to represent John Force Racing and all of its sponsors to the best of my abilities. I don't take this assignment lightly at all. This team has a championship on the line and a lot of history behind it, and I want to step up and show them that their reputation as the best team in our sport is very important to me."

go get UMMM guys and Girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D Time for the home town to kick some a$$:D

RexDog1
10-28-2007, 12:33 AM
ALL 4 ARE IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be racing on Sunday myself, it is time for Yorba Linda to take home a Wally one way or another ……………… :banana: :woohoo: :banana: :woohoo:

Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed 1. Robert Hight AAA of So. Cal Mustang 4.763 322.58 2. Tony Pedregon Q Power Impala 4.770 317.57 3. Gary Scelzi Hemi Oakley Charger 4.775 324.67 4. Gary Densham Torco/Racebricks Impala 4.777 320.66 5. Jack Beckman MTS Charger 4.782 321.81 6. Ron Capps Brut Charger 4.783 323.58 7. Mike Neff Castrol GTX Mustang 4.784 326.40 8. Scott Kalitta DHL Solara 4.788 323.50 9. Mike Ashley Torco Race Fuels Charger 4.796 328.86 10. Jeff Arend Checker Schucks Kragen Impala 4.799 324.28 11. Phil Burkart Castrol GTX Mustang 4.809 318.77 12. Del Worsham Checker Schuck's Kragen Impala 4.809 316.15 13. Ashley Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.819 315.78 14. Cruz Pedregon Advance Auto Parts Impala 4.823 320.89 15. Jerry Toliver Rockstar Energy Drinks Solara 4.833 319.52 16. Jim Head Head Racing Solara 4.835 323.43 --------- Not Qualified --------- 17. Kenny Bernstein Monster Energy/Lucas Oil Charg 4.844 318.92 18. Tony Bartone Jim Dunn Racing/Lucas Oil Mont 4.864 310.98 19. Tommy Johnson Jr. Skoal Racing Impala 4.864 313.88 20. Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray & Shoup Impala 4.896 305.08 21. Jon Capps Vegas Fuel Monte Carlo 4.898 298.54 22. Bob Gilbertson Autolite XP Spark Plugs Monte 4.935 304.80 23. Terry Haddock RaceGirl Lemon Leaf Stratus 4.952 309.63 24. James Day NLA-USA.com Camaro 5.272 273.77 25. Peter Russo Russo Racing Monte Carlo DQ

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:27 PM
Just got back from the John Force Holiday Car Show!!!!!! It was the Toys For Tots where they received over 5000 toys and were over 700 show cars there saw John he is looking ok ?? he has lost a lot of weight I am thinking over 30 LBS??

John and my Kids
My son said “He is the man” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:28 PM
My daughter and the car she said “Daddy I wont this one” she is going to be trouble

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:29 PM
Original Budweiser King

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:30 PM
Jay Leno’s Car

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:31 PM
The Toys!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice Job Sol Cal.

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:32 PM
Some of John’s Team Cars!!!!!!!!!!!

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:33 PM
Walking in the parking lot hummmmm very nice……….

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:34 PM
Foose Overhauling School Buss

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:34 PM
ooops.............

Maristar210
12-02-2007, 07:34 PM
Nice pics thanks for posting

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:36 PM
I like this one!!!!!!!!!!! 1962:D

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:37 PM
engine:D..................

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:40 PM
You know when a V10 Viper needs more power…………….:rolleyes:

RexDog1
12-02-2007, 07:41 PM
Put Nitrous on it???:confused:

RexDog1
12-03-2007, 10:20 AM
Nice pics thanks for posting

You’re welcome :D
It was hard to get some good photos of the cars because there were a lot of people there
I don’t see how John is going to get back in the car by Feb 7th not to say he will need to do some testing before the first race???? :o :(

Sodar
12-03-2007, 11:33 AM
Foose Overhauling School Buss

Great Pics Jon!

That bus is too cool! Back when Overhaulin' was doing this bus, I took some peices into a Long Beach Plating and they had the bumpers, etc. in there for this project.

RexDog1
01-29-2008, 11:33 AM
http://www.nhra.com/content/news/26492.htm

Force returns to action at Phoenix test and immediately runs low e.t. of meet

Monte
01-29-2008, 11:42 AM
Good to see him back in the saddle...........

RexDog1
01-29-2008, 11:51 AM
Good to see him back in the saddle...........

Yep
After seeing him at Christmas time, I was thinking there is no way he will be ready for the start of the season, I hope he is not rushing things??? :o

Ric
01-29-2008, 11:58 AM
Walking in the parking lot hummmmm very nice………. I do not have that sort of luck. someone would door smack it for sure if I parked it there.

Sodar
01-29-2008, 12:09 PM
Yep
After seeing him at Christmas time, I was thinking there is no way he will be ready for the start of the season, I hope he is not rushing things??? :o

Seriously! Did you watch the video (http://www.johnforceracing.com/index-jfupdate.html) with him climbing in and out of the car? He still looks a little slow and frail.

RexDog1
01-29-2008, 12:27 PM
Seriously! Did you watch the video (http://www.johnforceracing.com/index-jfupdate.html) with him climbing in and out of the car? He still looks a little slow and frail.

Coach’s wife 8p sees him all the time at the donut shop down the street, so he is trying to get the weight back on:D
I will be going over to the shop next week to pick up some CNC parts they are making me, I hope to see him :rolleyes:

Sodar
01-29-2008, 12:54 PM
Coach’s wife 8p sees him all the time at the donut shop down the street, so he is trying to get the weight back on:D
I will be going over to the shop next week to pick up some CNC parts they are making me, I hope to see him :rolleyes:

Thats pretty funny!

I saw Laurie and Courtney a couple weeks ago in Fullerton....

coz
01-29-2008, 01:54 PM
Coach’s wife 8p sees him all the time at the donut shop down the street, so he is trying to get the weight back on:D
I will be going over to the shop next week to pick up some CNC parts they are making me, I hope to see him :rolleyes:

Before moving we lived down the street from JF in Yorba Linda and I know the donut shop, my wife would go in there every morning for a diet coke and see and chat with him. My sons know and went to school with his daughters. Great guy and the car show he puts on for the kids every year at his shop in YL is awsome. :D

RexDog1
01-29-2008, 02:22 PM
Before moving we lived down the street from JF in Yorba Linda and I know the donut shop, my wife would go in there every morning for a diet coke and see and chat with him. My sons know and went to school with his daughters. Great guy and the car show he puts on for the kids every year at his shop in YL is awsome. :D

Yep the Force family dose a lot for Yorba Linda like this weekend Ashley, Brittany and Courtney
Are going to Travis Ranch School for their 20 year anniversary Pride day thing to dig out weeds and plant flowers??
I wish knew more but my wife was telling me about it and all I heard was BLAAAAA… Ashley…..BLAAAAA BLAAAA ………..Brittanty….Blaaaaaa Blaaaaaa Courtney BLAAAA BLAAAAAA School BLAAA BLAAA BLAAA this weekend………………. :rolleyes:

coz
01-29-2008, 03:09 PM
Yep the Force family dose a lot for Yorba Linda like this weekend Ashley, Brittany and Courtney
Are going to Travis Ranch School for their 20 year anniversary Pride day thing to dig out weeds and plant flowers??
I wish knew more but my wife was telling me about it and all I heard was BLAAAAA… Ashley…..BLAAAAA BLAAAA ………..Brittanty….Blaaaaaa Blaaaaaa Courtney BLAAAA BLAAAAAA School BLAAA BLAAA BLAAA this weekend………………. :rolleyes:

Travis Ranch is the school 3 of my kids went to then Esperanza (2 of them). I personally lived there for 19yrs and my wife grew up there. Great city to raise a family in. I miss the O.C.! :) wait a minute? no I don't :D

RexDog1
04-22-2008, 12:59 PM
Friends and foes reflect on Force as he prepares for his 500th career start :D

http://www.nhra.com/content/news/28270.htm


Too bad his kid it going to beat the old man this weekend 8p

RexDog1
04-28-2008, 12:04 AM
Friends and foes reflect on Force as he prepares for his 500th career start :D

http://www.nhra.com/content/news/28270.htm


Too bad his kid it going to beat the old man this weekend 8p


NANANANANA
Way to go kid 8p it is time to party in the home town:D

http://www.nhra.com/

TMCNo1
04-28-2008, 09:42 AM
NANANANANA
Way to go kid 8p it is time to party in the home town:D

http://www.nhra.com/


WOW, she beat her dad, that's great! Just keeping it in the "Force Family"!

RexDog1
04-28-2008, 11:00 AM
WOW, she beat her dad, that's great! Just keeping it in the "Force Family"!


YEP!!!!
It was so cool to see her kick her dad's butt in the final round for her first win!!!!:D
John was talking trash to her before the race, it was funny:D Way to go Ashley !!!!!!!!!!8p



Ashley Force made history and made father proud all at once


http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/nhra/columns/story?columnist=stephens_bill&id=3371346 (http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/nhra/columns/story?columnist=stephens_bill&id=3371346)

coz
04-28-2008, 11:21 AM
YEP!!!!
It was so cool to see her kick her dad's butt in the final round for her first win!!!!
John was talking trash to her before the race, it was funny Way to go Ashley !!!!!!!!!!8p



Ashley Force made history and made father proud all at once


http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/nhra/columns/story?columnist=stephens_bill&id=3371346 (http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/nhra/columns/story?columnist=stephens_bill&id=3371346)


That's cool :banana: I remember watching that Force reality tv show and JF was bashing Ashley for not taking this serious :confused: Looks like she got serious :D

RexDog1
04-28-2008, 11:33 AM
That's cool :banana: I remember watching that Force reality tv show and JF was bashing Ashley for not taking this serious :confused: Looks like she got serious :D

She got very serious,8p
John did the hardest thing “John” could do after the race, he just let Ashley have her time in the spot light, and did not jump in the camera he just let her enjoy her win !!!!

TMCNo1
04-28-2008, 11:55 AM
She got very serious,8p
John did the hardest thing “John” could do after the race, he just let Ashley have her time in the spot light, and did not jump in the camera he just let her enjoy her win !!!!

That brings tears to my eyes! Way to go John!

Jerseydave
04-28-2008, 09:32 PM
Way to go Ashley!!!

Is it just me, or am I the only one who noticed Johns' lack of excitement for Ashleys' first win? He seemed more occupied by why his car couldn't get down the track!

He also made a comment about how many more races it took him to get his first win vs. how many races for Ashley's first win.

John took a beating, too bad it wasn't a closer race. GOOD JOB ASHLEY! :D

RexDog1
04-28-2008, 11:23 PM
Way to go Ashley!!!

Is it just me, or am I the only one who noticed Johns' lack of excitement for Ashleys' first win? He seemed more occupied by why his car couldn't get down the track!

He also made a comment about how many more races it took him to get his first win vs. how many races for Ashley's first win.

John took a beating, too bad it wasn't a closer race. GOOD JOB ASHLEY! :D

The way I look at it was John let her have her time in spot light …. This was her 3rd final round in a row she put Worsham, Head and Capps on the trailer to get to the finals, and then ran a 4.83 in the finals I don’t care if it was John in the right lane, she did her job she and won …………… IMO John did what was very hard for him…. Back off and let her have her time in the spot light, I can only hope to see my daughter beat me one day…… no way in Heii would I back off, she need to beat me…………… and John was going through some deep emotions after his Kid Kicked his Butt ………………………… it may be time to pass the torch, I love John he is a home town hero,,,,, but Ashley is the real deal 8p

coz
04-28-2008, 11:53 PM
The way I look at it was John let her have her time in spot light …. This was her 3rd final round in a row she put Worsham, Head and Capps on the trailer to get to the finals, and then ran a 4.83 in the finals I don’t care if it was John in the right lane, she did her job she and won …………… IMO John did what was very hard for him…. Back off and let her have her time in the spot light, I can only hope to see my daughter beat me one day…… no way in Heii would I back off, she need to beat me…………… and John was going through some deep emotions after his Kid Kicked his Butt ………………………… it may be time to pass the torch, I love John he is a home town hero,,,,, but Ashley is the real deal 8p

http://blogs.chron.com/motorsports/John%20Force.jpg

Yeah! What he said! :D

Way ta go homie :banana:

RexDog1
07-10-2008, 11:26 AM
John's Blog Funny Chit :D






Wednesday, July 9, 2008

1000 Footers (http://unrealjohnforce.blogspot.com/2008/07/1000-footers.html)


http://bp1.blogger.com/_ynH7fwVN5gM/SHTViVxK-kI/AAAAAAAAABI/WBzRV2RIYX0/s200/NOC3.jpg (http://bp1.blogger.com/_ynH7fwVN5gM/SHTViVxK-kI/AAAAAAAAABI/WBzRV2RIYX0/s1600-h/NOC3.jpg)
So I haven't had much time to get on this thing since NHRA broke the 1000 foot news. I've had a lot of people come up to me and ask what I think. Truth is, I don't really think much about rule changes. I just find ways to win under the new guide lines. And that's just what we been doing over the last week.

I sent Coil, Bernie, Prock and Medlen over to my nerd compound. I hired all these geeks and engineers and put them in a room with all this computer stuff to figure it out. Now I ain't one of these pencil pushers, but in my office I started doing some math:

1. We can do 1320 feet in 4.70 seconds. (I can do it quicker, but work with me here)
2. 1320 feet minus 320 feet is 1000 feet. That's almost one fourth of the track shortened.
3. My Castrol hotrod is green. (green is faster. It means "go")
4. My last name is "Force." Force is what it takes to get these things moving. Coincidence?
5. I have like 3000 race wins.

Now in my estimates, I should be able to do 1000 feet in...uhh...1.63 seconds give or take. Maybe less in Denver.

We'll see how close the nerds get to my number.