By Anthony Caruso III
During the first-round of the Protect the Harvest NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle, Wash., Traxxas Funny Car driver Courtney Force crashed into the wall. Jeff Diehl, also known as “The Surfer,” ended up getting the round win, but the concern was with Force.
She has been transported to Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash. with a right knee and left elbow injury. She left the car on her own power — but as she was getting out, it appeared that she was injured and the NHRA Safety Safari were gentle with her.
Her crash, according to NHRA on FOX, took out two concrete sections of the wall.
This is the second straight Western Swing race that a female Funny Car driver has been injured. Last Sunday, also in eliminations, Alexis DeJoria contacted the wall.
She was also transported to a local hospital in Sonoma, where she was diagnosed with a pelvis injury. She announced earlier on Sunday that she begins rehab on Monday in Austin, Texas.
Due to DeJoria’s injury, the team missed the Seattle race. They hope to return in Brainerd, Minn. in two weeks.
Presently, she’s second in the points and has clinched a Countdown to the Championship spot, along with Ron Capps. She sits a 130 points behind Capps (before eliminations on Sunday) with a 1,214 points to 1,084 points.
Force’s husband is Graham Rahal, who was in Indianapolis today for a testing. He responded via Twitter after hearing the news.
Worst feeling as a husband, sitting here on a plane waiting to hear if your wife is ok. I hate this. Hate it.
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) August 7, 2016