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kid vishus

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posted 12-19-2002 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I copied this from another site. Let's hope he pulls thru this.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Inc.


For Immediate Release 12/19/2002 12:15 PM EST

This is an update to the fans and friends on the condition of NHRA driver, engineer and legendary tuner John Lingenfelter who was critically injured during a NHRA Summit Sports Compact drag racing event at Pomona, California on October 27, 2002.

During that event John��s car lost traction and hit a retaining wall at about 190 MPH. John was on a world record setting pace. In typical Lingenfelter fashion, he had been going for the record. John was rushed to the Pomona Valley hospital in critical condition.

John had internal injuries and broken bones. His most serious injury was a fracture of several vertebrae and a head injury. At the hospital John regained consciousness and responded to the voice of his wife Cindy. From that point on, he never stopped fighting. The medical staff involved was always amazed at John��s resiliency and will to live.

California doctors stabilized John��s condition and an operation to repair his damaged vertebrae was completed. John could move his arms and legs. Ten days later the doctors withdrew the sleep inducing drugs and John woke up. John recognized wife Cindy and others. He was removed from life support, improved and John asked Cindy to take him home. Soon, his doctors deemed him strong enough to be moved back home to Indiana. John was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, an experienced trauma facility servicing both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park.

By the end of November John was looking forward to going home to Decatur and was scheduled to begin rehabilitation in several days. John was cracking jokes with the nurses and telling his wife Cindy about a new motor he was building in his head while he was confined to a bed. But Methodist doctors discovered that the neck operation performed at Pomona needed to be repeated. John's rehab would have to wait a few more days.

Everybody who has ever known or met John is not surprised that he would survive and come through all the adversity when most would have given up. His will to live and recover is incredible.

On Friday, November 29, 2002, just over a month after his accident at Pomona, John was prepped in Indy for a second operation to repair his still damaged vertebrae. John was administered a drug prior to anesthesia. John had a reaction and went into cardiac arrest. The medical staff worked to reestablish his heart function, which they did. However, John entered into and remains in a "semi comatose state".

His physicians rate the prognosis to recover from his neck and spinal injuries as ��excellent��. They say that the chances of recovery from his semi comatose state are ��extremely poor�� in ��the foreseeable future��.

John��s company, LPE (Lingenfelter Performance Engineering) located in Decatur, Indiana will continue it��s normal operation in John��s absence. John chose and trained some of the best, most highly trained, dedicated and gifted individuals in the industry to run (as John calls it) ��the shop��. Tom Cress and John��s daughter Kelly are running ��the shop��. There will be no change in staff, the superior product or the way LPE does business.

The 35 employees of LPE are used to ��John��, being out of town. John��s frequent absence for NHRA racing events and the far flung testing of his modified street cars by the national and international automobile media always required John��s faith in his people to carry on when he was not there. They never let him down.

��We will keep doing it John��s way, that means the highest possible quality product that is both bullet proof and wickedly fast. We are the best because John trained us that there is no other way. In John��s absence the LPE employees and family intend to keep up that tradition��. - Tom Cress.

Last week the LPE team produced and tested a (Street Legal) 2002 Lingenfelter Corvette 427 Twin Turbo that went 8.95 seconds and 153 MPH in the quarter mile. The Lingenfelter tradition goes on. John would have it no other way.

John��s wife, Cindy Lingenfelter, while realizing the seriousness of his condition, remains hopeful for an eventual recovery. In the meantime, she is committed that it will be ��business as usual�� at LPE. Cindy asks that John��s friends direct their prayers to God for his recovery and their well wishes to ��the shop�� where she will maintain an office.

Issued jointly by the LPE Team. Contact Tom Cress 260-724-2552 or visit:


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posted 12-20-2002 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man that really sucks.To go through all that and then a simple operation that they should have done right in the first place does you in.I saw a bright yellow corvette at the track this summer run in the 8s with one of his motors in it.The car looked so stock it was scary and would have been much quicker with some big slicks and suspension work.If I remember right the car was running in the 160 something mph range.

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posted 12-20-2002 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for itlbrnmoff   Click Here to Email itlbrnmoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whoa...this is the first I've heard of this...
John Lingenfelter is THE name in bowtie performance...I've read many articles throughout the years about his tuning abilities and innovative approaches to horsepower...I don't know why he would get involved with the import scene though? But he has so much to offer,shouldn't everyone deserve to benefit?
Hopefully,he's in good hands at Methodist Hospital here in Indy...I live only 5 or 6 miles from there and pass it by on the interstate everytime I go to work...I had no idea...I'm sure they have the best of the best for someone of his stature...not to change the subject at hand,but,you should see that facility from the interstate right now at night,it looks like a Christmas wonderland...lights's beautiful...let's hope the season is good for John's recovery this year...

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posted 12-20-2002 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the pleasure of Meeting John Lingenfelter many years ago when both he and I were racing in Comp. Eliminator. It was at a points race in Brainerd Minnesota. He was very nice and the kind of person you remember. I met him again a couple of years later at an engine technology conference sponsored by Superflow (the flowbench/Dyno manufacturer in CO. Springs). He gave a presentation on his experiences with his corvette modifications and their attempt to set a performance standard for speed in a flying mile format.

John is the kind of dynamic person we all would like to be associated with and I will be praying for his recovery even though there is not a good prognosis. I believe that evough prayer can overcome anything.


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posted 12-20-2002 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry to hear this happened to John, but could have warned him of Pomona Valley Hospital. I grew up not more than 5 miles from there and spent more time in their emergency room than I care to remember between me and my friends. Lots of sports and motorcycle racing injuries between us and to say the treatment at the hospital was inferior would be an understatement!! I can remember one instance where a friend of mine almost bled to death from a severed finger, and they made us just sit and wait our turn (almost two hours). I've also had some surgeries there, and was afraid of the care each and every time. Unfortunately, it was the only hospital around for miles in those days.
Anyhow, I hope he pulls through from this, but shame on Pomona Valley.

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posted 12-21-2002 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bifs66   Click Here to Email bifs66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's somewhat ironic for me to read about John Lingenfelter via this post. I was going through my old Hot Rod magazines just a few days ago and stumbled on the writup of the 1977 Sumernationals at Englishtown (Oct 1977 issue). What caught my eye was the B/EA winner John Lingenfelter. He was driving a Chevy Monza powered by a Roush-built 351 Cleveland. Surprisingly, John must have had some Blue Oval experience too.

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posted 12-21-2002 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's the same car I had to wire the firing order on for John at the 1977 GC&S Nationals.

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posted 12-26-2002 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dusty Kiser   Click Here to Email Dusty Kiser     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I mentioned that car in a thread awhile back. That car came from Bob Glidden who built it for pro-stock and a big block because he was sick of NHRA trying to legislate the 351c out of business. He tested and didn't like it, so sold the car to John and scrapped the engine to preserve his engineering. John put one of his small blocks and a 'glide in it and was competitive enough to bomb the index. Suddenly, he wasn't so competitive. In despiration, he decidied to try a Roush cleveland just to see how much difference there was in his Chebbies. The 351C was worth 1/2 second! I don't think he ran that deal much longer, as it didn't help him seel his engines! Ya gotta give him credit though, he wanted to win at all cost! Brother, that's racin'!

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