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Orlando’s B(l)oom: Actor’s 41st birthday goes sideways behind wheel of Formula E racer

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Actor Orlando Bloom – he of Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord Of The Rings fame – turned 41 earlier this month.

To celebrate his birthday, Bloom and buddy Leonardo DiCaprio went to the Formula E race in Marrakesh, Morocco on Jan. 13, hung out in the paddock and then on the following day, after the race was history, Bloom jumped at the opportunity to drive one of the 140-mile, electric-powered open-wheel cars.

After driving around in a safety car to familiarize himself with the track, Bloom triumphantly said, “I’m a natural.”

But with the way things turned out, though, if Bloom has any visions of becoming a race car driver, he may want to stick to his acting gig instead.

As he was taking the Renault E-car through its paces, he came upon a 90-degree left-hander a little too hot, locked up the brakes and promptly lost it, running into a wall and knocking off part of the front wing. In other words, Bloom went Boom!

Fortunately for Bloom, he was not injured, although his ego may have been a little bruised.

But there’s a happy ending: Bloom got one more birthday present. Formula E officials gave him the broken wing to take home as a souvenir.

Check out the video of the embarrassing incident, provided by Formula E:

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.