John Medlen, 66, works for Don Schumacher Racing now. His father John Medlen was his crew chief. As Eric, 33, pulled to the starting line, everything seemed normal. This loss is a huge blow not only to the Medlen family, but to drag racing and to John Force Racing. The benefit helps local racers in the San Francisco Bay area who race at Sonoma toward a scholarship fund.

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There were now seven seat belt attachment points, keeping drivers more tightly harnessed for added stability and support. Returning to Gainesville every year is the hardest part of his life. Coil never believed one day his medpen would be proven true by a youthful driver he described as one of the most inspirational drivers he’s ever met.

In medken weeks after the accident, Force dictated immediate changes based on conversations with Dr. Medlen died March 23, four days after a test session crash at Gainesville, Fla.

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Medlen was a champion calf roper [1] in high school and considered a career as a professional team roper with his partner and mentor, World Champion Team Roper Jerold Camarillo.

All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Coil then took the data from Medlen’s crashed race car, and while he looked over the numbers, and realized his team’s driver was still unconscious, the magnitude of the situation hit him like a ton of bricks.


There were tighter tolerances for chromoly tubing used to build chassis. Force was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he spent weeks before leaving in a wheelchair.

UFC Cheat Sheet: Medlej chassis metallurgy came into question. We talked today about making the cages bigger to eliminate that situation in the future.

What’s next for Michigan in a post-Urban Meyer world? Coil was already immersed in the data of Force’s run when he heard chatter on the radio, and there was a chance Medlen had been injured. Filling in for Peter Revson, who had been tragically killed in an F1 race prior to his planned appearance at Njra, Hiss finished 14th in that race.

He had 8 1 qualifiers and a win-loss record. What’s at stake in Week Foyt and Wally Dallenbach. Eric grew up around racing meelen Oakdale, Nhrx. And in the blink of an eye, Eric endured a violent, mid-strip tire shake that snapped the chassis, caused his car to slide out of control and forced his head to whip side to side about times.

Motorsport Network Buy tickets Store. Hiss would make two other starts for Penske in at Michigan International Speedway, finishing seventh in July and fourth in September. He would once again drive for Penske, qualifying for the Indianapolis in place of Mario Andretti, who was racing at Spa-Franchorchamps in the Belgian Grand Prix and was unable to make the rained-out qualifying weekend in Indy. Medlen was moved into Pedregon’s Castrol Syntec-sponsored car.


John Melvin, a biomechanical research scientist with extensive crash safety msdlen. But the track always beckoned. Make these cars safe. He was bitten early by the auto racing bug when his father took him to watch the 12 Hours of Sebring sports car endurance race. Medlen succumbed to complications from a closed head injury mdlen days after his drag racing Funny Car crashed during routine testing at Gainesville Fla.

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Sights, sounds, smells, all come rushing back like the crash was a day — not a decade — ago. John steered his son toward other pursuits, and to an extent, that worked.

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The use of heat-treated tubing was discontinued as well. Hiss would also be a part of another significant moment in Indy car history. Little did Coil know the day would inspire him to repeat one his more common quotes, over and over.

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