After 27 days at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, drag racing champion and Driving Force
star John Force
returned to his home in Southern California on Saturday, October 20. One of the conditions of his release was to be able to prove he can get in and out of a passenger car, which he demonstrated last Friday.
The 58-year-old was admitted to the hospital last month for serious injuries that he sustained when his Funny Car crashed at NHRA Fall Nationals. He suffered a compound fracture of the left ankle, broken right foot, broken and mangled fingers on his right hand, ligament and tendon damage to the right knee and a dislocated left wrist.
Early this month, John Force began undergoing physical therapy at the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation. He is expected to continue his daily regimen in his home state in preparation for return to competition in the 2008 season.
“I can't say enough about the care they've given me at Baylor,” Force said. “I couldn't have been in better hands, but going home tells me that I'm making real progress. It's still hard, the physical therapy, but I have a goal and that's what gets me up and going every morning.”
John Force, a 125-time NHRA tour winner, plans to attend at least one day of this week's race at Las Vegas, Nevada, to show his support for daughter and Driving Force
costar Ashley Force
, and son-in-law Robert Hight. Both drive Ford Mustangs, backed by Castrol GTX and Automobile Club of Southern California, that are almost identical to the one Force was driving at the time of the crash.
Force plans to return to his place behind the wheel when his team starts testing for the 2008 season in January. However, BIR Medical Director Dr. Amy Wilson said that the Driving Force
star still has some way to go before reaching full recovery. At this time, he is confined to a wheelchair or a walker, as he has been instructed not to place any weight on his left ankle for another month.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of johnforceracing.com)