CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force and Jonnie Lindberg collided at the NHRA’s Arizona Nationals on Sunday.
The 68-year-old Force was speaking with safety personnel before being transported to a hospital for further evaluation. Lindberg exited his mangled dragster under his own power.
The crash happened two weeks after one of Force’s daughters, reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force, was hospitalized following a hard crash at the season opener in Pomona, California. Brittany Force was back in the car this weekend in Arizona.
Force’s engine exploded at the finish line, sending him veering across the right lane in front of Lindberg and hard into a retaining wall. The hit lifted his rear tires off the ground, and they landed on Lindberg’s canopy. The parachutes from both cars got tangled at that point, and Lindberg’s car dragged Force’s back across the track and into the left wall.
It was the second time in two events that Force blew an engine in elimination rounds.
More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org