As the daughter of legendary NHRA Funny Car racer John Force, 31-year-old Brittany Force has long been known for her hardcore attitude and fierce drive to win. Heck, she is the defending Top Fuel champion at the moment. Yet, her toughness was truly tested recently after she was involved in one of the scariest accidents of her career.
The crash occurred at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA WinterNationals on Feb. 11, as Brittany was up against fellow racer Terry Haddock in the first round of eliminations. Right from the start, onlookers could tell she was in trouble, as her 11,000-horsepower dragster immediately veered right, and then left, straight into the wall.
Thankfully, Brittany updated her concerned fans with this Twitter post on Feb. 11, along with some pics from her hospital bed. “Rough start but checkin’ out with only bumps and bruises,” she wrote.”Thank U fans, @nhra for prayers. Thank U team and family, and Safety Safari, Simpson and Stilo for my safety.”
Media reports indicate that Brittany sustained no major internal injuries, but that she does have some bruising on her lungs.
Of course, to truly experience the gravity of the accident, you had to see it. “Reigning World Champion @BrittanyForce experienced an unbelievable crash during eliminations at the #Winternats,” the NHRA tweeted out Feb. 11, along with a video of the incident. “She was responsive, speaking with medical staff and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.”
Of course, not only was the accident scary for everyone who was there, but especially for her dad John, who was thanking his lucky stars after the incident that his daughter was OK. “Want to thank Simpson safety for building helmets, equipment and everything to keep our drivers safe,” John said in a post-race interview with “USA Today.” “The car giving way when it hit the wall head on allowed it to take the impact and fold up (as it was designed to do). I want to thank Schumacher Racing for creating the canopy (over the driver’s seat). Want to personally thank Don Schumacher for his investment (in the canopy program). Very important. Thanks, Don. Safety Safari was right on top of it, as always, that’s why they’re the best in the business.”
Ironically, while Brittany was being taken to the hospital, John went out of the competition with his own mishap, this time an engine explosion during his race.
Before the event, Brittany sounded psyched to get the season going, especially at a track that means so much to her. “I am excited to get back to Pomona,” she said in an interview. “We ended our season with a win and we brought home the championship with this Monster Energy team. Pomona is my home track and I have so many great memories there. I know when we get back there we will have that positive energy in our pits. I think that will push us all season long. We won the championship, which is why everyone is out here and now we want to do it again.”