The silence hung over the track like a lead curtain. You could have heard a pin drop for minutes as the NHRA Safety Safari tended to both John Force and Jonnie Lindberg after one of the scariest funny car crashes anyone can remember seeing in years. Amazingly both men were OK with Lindberg walking away from his destroyed hulk of a ar and Force visiting the hospital for tests but getting out early enough to meet Courtney Force’s winning team for dinner on Sunday night. So what the hell happened? How did two cars get destroyed?
As you will see, Force’s car suffers a titanic explosion as he crosses the finish line. At more than 300mph the car is annihilated and he is unable to steer or guide it. As the body-less funny car crosses the track, competitor Jonnie Lindberg is in the other lane. Force crosses ahead of Lindberg and smashes the wall. Force’s slick than impacts the windshield area of Lindberg’s body and this is where things really go from bad to awful. After taking more evasive action, it looks like Lindbergh would be in the clear but Force’s unguided missile of a car heads back across the track where the parachutes get tangled with Lindberg’s and the two cars go into a sickening kind of spiral dance smashing both walls.
We do not see lots of two car accidents in the NHRA but when we do see them, they are scary. John was removed from his car very carefully for fear that he may have been pretty injured. Thankfully he was not and that lead curtain of silence we mentioned before was there only as crews were taking their time getting him out, not because he was seriously harmed.
We do not know what this does to Jim Head and Jonnie Lindbergh’s plans of running the whole season. They are a small team and to have a car completely and utterly destroyed in this manner is devastating to them. We’ll keep you posted when we know more. Until then? Watch this.