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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Sixteen-time NHRA champion John Force says his daugher, Brittany, will see a specialist after briefly blacking out in her Top Fuel dragster during a qualifying run.
Brittany Force apparantley passed out for an instant during the Gatornationals earlier this week. John Force says Brittany hit a bump down the track that lifted her out of her seat. By the time she landed, the car's parachutes had opened, creating a strong whiplash effect.
"She whiplashed her neck, Brittany did in the dragster, and it really scared me," John Force said after winning the Funny Car class in Gainesville for the first time since 2001.
The team owner told fellow Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher, who suggested the specialist.
"I went over and talked to him," John Force said. "I said, 'She blacked out. She had sparks.' He said it's that nerve thing right in your neck. When you jerk, the brain sparks for a minute. I do that walking down the sidewalk, down the stairs. He told me how to fix it. It's not a spine problem. It's a deal where the muscle tweaks and the blood flows and it give you flashes, what will cause you to knock out.
"She hit a bump down there and ... her body went freefall, and when it came down, the chutes grabbed her and it jerked her. And she was scared."
John Force said he welcomed Schumacher's suggestion and planned to follow through by taking Brittany to a specialist in Chicago.
"I know how hard he wants to help her," John Force said. "He said, 'Now, I'm going to call you and you're going to tell me you're going to go to this doctor. He's got a specialist. And I said, 'Yeah, I'm putting her on a plane to Chicago; I'm going to get it done. They did it to him. They also did it to another driver."
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