It’s official: John Force is now on Twitter — and Twitter will never be the same again.
The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion is the latest athlete to join the Twitterverse.
His Twitter handle is, quite appropriately we might add, @JohnForce_FC
One of Force’s PR people, Sarah Adams, caught history in the making when her boss took to the Twitter world:
And here’s another from daughter Courtney Force:
As of Saturday night at 9:35 pm ET, Force already had 8,850 followers and had tweeted twice, and nothing controversial or outlandish. You might say he’s just getting warmed up. But once he hits his stride, look out, world.
Or as daughters Brittany and Courtney tweeted:
Son-in-law Graham Rahal, who married Courtney last November, also braced himself for what’s to come from his father-in-law:
Here’s John Force’s first two tweets to the world:
The latter tweet was in response to Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was one of several big names to welcome Force to Twitter. Here’s a smattering of folks, including several drivers, who welcomed the self-professed “Truck driver from Bell Gardens (Calif.)” …..
MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.
Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.
“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.
The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.
Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.
He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.
Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.