Many fans noticed that Terry Chandler wasn't at the starting line at Las Vegas two weeks ago celebrating when her Make-A-Wish Funny Car team and driver Tommy Johnson Jr. recorded their first win of the season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and moved up to second in championship points.
Chandler, who also funds the Infinite Hero Foundation team for Don Schumacher Racing, had been suffering from headaches and an MRI revealed a tumor on the front lobe of her brain that was removed Monday. She will spend three weeks at home resting before beginning radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
"She's a tough girl and we expect a full recovery," said Johnny Gray, her brother. "It won't be easy to keep her away from her boys and racing family at the racetrack, but she knows that's what she needs to do right now."
There will be no further comment.
A special email address has been set up for fans and friends to send Chandler their best wishes and prayers: firstname.lastname@example.org.