Mar 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Three-time Indianapolis 500 and four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti is continuing to recover his fitness after his devastating, career-ending crash last fall at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.
Franchitti suffered a fractured ankle, two broken vertebrae, and a concussion in the crash, which took place on the final lap in Race 2 of the October doubleheader at Reliant Park. In November, he announced that he would be forced to retire because of the extent of those injuries.
In comments made to the Edinburgh (Scotland) Evening News, Franchitti revealed that he’s been cleared to drive a road car again but indicated that he still has a long way to go in his recovery efforts.
“I still limp quite badly,” he said. “I can’t run but I can ride my bike and get on the rowing machine. As for walking around, I’m still a wee bit restricted.
“My head, well, I just get tired. That’s the difficult part, the one thing they can’t quantify, so you have to be very careful. The brain is such a big unknown because they still don’t understand it.
“My brain is still pretty damaged and it’s going to take a while to get back to normal.”
Franchitti has stayed on with Target Chip Ganassi Racing in an advisory role. The Scotsman won two of his three Indy 500s and three of his four IndyCar titles with TCGR in his driving career.
He told the Evening News that he’s looking forward to a “fascinating” role as an ambassador for the sport, but that he still wishes he could be in the cockpit again.
He also said his thoughts were with seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, who remains in a medically induced coma after suffering head injuries in a skiing accident late last December.
“His situation is just terrible – the guy lived his whole life up to that point on the absolute limit and then that happens,” Franchitti said.
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