John Force Racing issued a statement on Wednesday stating that Courtney Force will indeed race her Traxxas Camaro in this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. Force, the daughter of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force was injured in a crash in the last race weekend in Seattle. She crashed in the first round of the final eliminations as she got off the racing line and into the concrete wall. She was then transferred by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated and released for knee and elbow injuries.
Here status for the next race in Brainerd was uncertain.
Today though, Force, 28, put all those doubts to rest as she will indeed race without missing any time.
“I am excited to get back in the seat,” said Force. “After how I last left the track I am definitely ready to get back in the car and go down the race track. I have been going through physical therapy every day. I have been working with Dr. Ortmeyer who is the same doctor that worked with my dad after his crash.
“I am seeing huge progress every day with my knee. I have gone from being on crutches the first couple of days to getting comfortable walking on it to being able to bend it all the way now. We have gone through a crash course of rehab. I definitely feel good enough to be back in the race car. That’s my throttle leg, so I will be ready to pound on the throttle for sure.”
With this being the last race before Indy on Labor Day weekend, she knew she had to be back to give her the momentum she needs heading into the biggest race of the year.
“I didn’t want to lose out on racing Brainerd because this is the time to get everything in order for Indy and the Countdown,” Force said. “We had planned on front halving my Traxxas Chevy after Seattle. If anything if you had to crash a car that was a good time to do it since we were already planning on doing a lot of work between races.”
Force will also unveil a new two-race paint scheme Friday in Brainerd.
“I am going to run a cool blue Traxxas Camaro for Brainerd and Indy. It is kind of an electric blue with lightning bolts running through it. It is a nice change from the multi-colored Funny Cars which I also loved. It gets people talking about what is coming next.”