Legendary drag racer John Force was undergoing physical therapy on Monday at Baylor University Medical Center.
Force was seriously injured in a wreck Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. Force went through six hours of reconstructive surgery Sunday evening on his feet, legs, and hands.
In a story on the NHRA’s website Force said Monday after viewing the crash for the first time: “We don't really know what went wrong. “I don't remember much. I remember thinking that I had to cut a light to beat Kenny Bernstein. The next thing I remember is them trying to get me out of the car.”
Force’s car came apart violently after he crashed with the car driven by fellow drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein and hit the wall.
“I was worried about Bernstein,” Force said, “because I knew he was in the other lane. I didn't want to hurt anybody, especially Kenny. He's a good friend and a great competitor – and he did nothing wrong. In fact, he did a great driving job. I'm just lucky to have my legs. I gnawed off some fingers and toes, but they had me up trying to stand today. They're great people here at Baylor and I know they'll get me up and around as soon as they can.
“The car pulled in half and I've never seen that, ever. A tire came off the car just as I put the parachutes out and it literally pulled the car apart. I just feel so helpless and vulnerable. I've been on fire from here to Australia. I've had some burns, but I've gotten out of every crash and never had a scratch. I've never had a broken bone (before) so this is all new to me.”
Shawn Courchesne, 3:19 p.m.