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Dario Franchitti: “Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes”

Oct 7, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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INDYCAR has released a further update on the medical condition of Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti, who sustained multiple injuries in a last-lap crash yesterday during Race 2 of the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park.

Franchitti had surgery last night to stabilize the fractured right ankle he suffered in the accident, which saw him make contact with Takuma Sato in Turn 5 and then get airborne before slamming into the catch fence. The impact sent debris flying in all directions, including into a nearby fan section; 13 fans, along with an INDYCAR timing official, were treated for injuries.

In addition to his fractured ankle, Franchitti was admitted to a local Houston hospital yesterday for a concussion and two spinal fractures. Franchitti will remain in Houston for a few days, and then be transported to Indianapolis for further evaluation.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner also made a brief statement as part of today’s update from the series:

“Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me. I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright.”

INDYCAR also issued the following statement on the accident today:

“Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by yesterday’s accident. Thank you to the people of Houston for their support of the Grand Prix and their concern for Dario Franchitti, the fans and race personnel. INDYCAR is thoroughly reviewing the incident. Reducing the risks that are associated with racing is one of our highest priorities and receives our constant and on-going focus.”

  1. Jeff - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Glad Dario is doing OK.
    I hope he’s able to race at Fontana in a couple of weeks.
    Any prognosis on his return?

    • patmanbnl - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Gotta think he’s done for the year, but plenty of time to heal up in the offseason and come back strong for 2014.

    • apexassassin - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Not directed @Jeff:

      You all have some real class acts giving thumbs down to guy who put his life on the line for entertainment. I’m disgusted for you.

    • worknman24hours - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      I hope Dario takes the rest of the season off.

      Spinal fractures are nothing to take lightly and these race cars are terribly hard on a healthy person’s back.

      Like patmanbnl said-take time off , get well, come back next year- all healed and fast as heck as usual-Dario.

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