Brittany Force Released From Hospital • Will Continue To Recuperate At Home.


Brittany Force Released From Hospital • Will Continue To Recuperate At Home.

(Photos by John Force Racing and Jeff Burghardt) Thankfully, reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force was released from the hospital Monday after a precautionary overnight stay. She shows no lingering effects from injury except for some upper body soreness, she’ll continue to recuperate at home.

Brittany Force’s first round Winternationals crash was a wake-up call for every racer reinforcing that cliché “Stuff happens when you least expect it!”  Obviously her safety equipment helped keep her safe and the John Force Racing safety initiaves after the death of Eric Medlin in 2007 has shaped virtually everything  JFR does.

Over the weekend, John Force himself was quick to thank Don Schumacher Racing for developing the modern Top Fuel driver’s canopy, one that protected his daughter Brittany throughout her wild ride.  Ultimately, the safety of all participants, spectators and fans is important in every aspect of our sport.  But a potentially catastrophic incident, as we witnessed during the Big Go West on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is a startling reminder of the ragged edge we travel upon.

Much like her father’s explosion on Friday evening, Force’s Simpson Safety gear, including her Steilo Helmet, R3 head and neck restraint, fire suit, neck collar and belts, kept her conscious and securely strapped into the driver’s seat.

Force’s Monster Energy dragster went out of control during the pass, made contact with the opposite lane’s guard wall and came to rest past the finish line. She was responsive, speaking with Safety Safari and medical personnel, and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. She suffered no major internal injuries but does have some bruising of the lungs. A CT Scan was negative and the MRI showed subtle findings likely from previous injuries. She was admitted overnight for observation simply as a precaution.
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BANGshift.com photographer Jeff Burghardt sent in the following sequence of Brittany’s crash.  After John Force shredded the Camaro body during qualifying and multiple engine explosions made this an expensive first outing of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for JFR.
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3 thoughts on “Brittany Force Released From Hospital • Will Continue To Recuperate At Home.

  1. Scott Liggett

    It seemed like her left rear tire blew causing the left turn. But, in the first picture, it still looks inflated, but next one is flat.

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  2. Eric Fallon

    She just picked a bad time to get back on it..
    Tony P. was lucky John Force was with his child or he\’d have eaten a knuckle sandwich . For the comments in the booth..

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