Most of us are lucky in that we are healthy and can do our daily tasks, but we also are familiar that not everyone is blessed with good health. That’s why Castrol and John Force Racing were at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne, NJ last week to deliver the first WT-960 TRAN-SIT Car Transfer Simulator. This new machine can help hospital patients reclaim their independence by giving them a convenient and safe method of regaining their basic driving skills within a controlled environment.
“The simulated car or vehicle that we have on the unit will allow our patients the freedom and ability to get back on the road as well as feel safe about it. They will also be safe for other passengers and other drivers. The fact that John and Brittany Force came out today to support this product and show that there is a need for rehabilitation equipment like this. We are very grateful to them and Castrol BP,” said Medical Director of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Dr. Massod.
This state-of-the-art simulator resonates with John Force, the 16-time NHRA Mello Yello World Champion, as he was involved in a horrific crash during the 2007 NHRA Fall Nationals. His rehabilitation allowed him to eventually get back into his 8000-horsepower Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang Funny Car and win two more NHRA championship in 2010 and 2013. “When I had my accident in 2007, the doctors told me I’d be lucky to walk, let alone drive a race again. I was even more determined to prove them wrong and began going through recovery and rehab on car simulator just like this one. Since then, I’ve won two NHRA Funny Car Championships,” said Force.
Brittany Force, John’s daughter and the 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year, also gave an inspirational talk about what it was like to see her father fight against the odds of a finished career after his accident. She also spoke on how this piece of equipment Castrol dedicated to the hospital is important in getting patients back on their feet and maintaining their ability to drive again. “We were worried about my dad after that horrible crash and questioned if he’d ever race again. After seeing is hard work and determination, he’s inspired all of us,” said Brittany Force.
Added St. Joseph’s Site Administrator, Dan Kline, “Today’s dedication enhances our offering of services for patients trying to improve the quality of their lives and helping them get back to doing what they do every day.”