(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.