Drag racing legend John Force continued on the road to recovery Wednesday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Team publicist Dave Densmore said in a release posted on the NHRA website Wednesday evening that Force spent the day "napping, rehabbing, and taking numerous phone calls from racing stars in all forms of motorsports.”
Force was seriously injured in a wreck Sunday with fellow racing legend Kenny Bernstein at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Tex.. Force went through six hours of reconstructive surgery Sunday evening on his feet, legs, and hands.
"He's basically trying to be John Force, but his body is telling him no at the moment," Densmore said. "Of course, he's wanting to do more than they're allowing him to do, and the fact he hasn't slept for more than an hour at a time since the accident isn't helping matters much. But they do have to monitor him very closely, take his blood pressure every hour, and keep him medicated to help with the pain.
"He's been a real treat to deal with, as you might imagine. He complains and grouses when he's going through the exercises they need him to do, and then he spends about twice as long apologizing to everyone. It's quite an ordeal. The good news is he's progressing nicely."
Force is still hoping he’ll be able to return to action for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals Oct. 5-7 in Richmond, Va. but Densmore doesn’t expect that to happen. Densmore also said thoughts of Force leaving the hospital by Friday may have been premature.
"The medical staff is thinking Monday before they'll allow him to fly home," Densmore said. "That's just to fly in a plane. I doubt he'll drive again this year, but every time I tell him that he throws me out of his room."
Former Funny Car driver Raymond Beadle and former open wheel driver Johnny Rutherford visited with Force on Wednesday. Force also got a call from former Nextel Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip.
"Waltrip told him the worst thing he did after his big wreck was to rush back to his car," Densmore said. "He told John straight out that if he had to do it again, he would have rehabbed completely before climbing back in a race car. Racing will always be there, but you only have one body. Beadle told him the same thing; so did Rutherford."
Shawn Courchesne, 8:04 p.m.
To watch a hospital room interview with Force from CBS 11 out of Dallas check out this link: Drag Racer John Force Talks About His Crash
To watch an interview with Force's drag racing daughter Ashley concerning the crash check out this video from CBS 11: Ashley Force Talks About Her Dad's Drag Race Crash