Dario Franchitti
Nov 15

IndyCar: Franchitti Respected By Fans, Competitors Alike

Dario Franchitti celebrates after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

celebrates after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Target announced Thursday that Dario Franchitti will no longer compete in motor sports racing, citing injuries he suffered in a crash Oct. 6.

Franchitti suffered two spinal fractures, a fractured right ankle and a concussion in a vicious crash at the Houston Grand Prix where his car went airborne and into a catchfence.

Since the crash, Franchitti has been under the care of doctors and nurses who have advised the 40-year-old Scotsman to step away from racing. The doctors pinpointed an increased risk of re-injury to Franchitti’s head and spine, which could affect his future health.

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Nov 14

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He’s Unable To Continue Racing Career

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He Is Unable To Continue Auto Racing Career

, of Scotland, is a former champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said on Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month.

Franchitti broke his spine and right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,” Franchitti said. “They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long-term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.”

The four-time IndyCar champion has been the face of the series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011, and two of his three Indy 500 wins.

Franchitti had crossover appeal for the IndyCar Series through his 11-year marriage to actress Ashley Judd, which ended in January. But he was personable, well-spoken, popular in the paddock and passionate about the series. It resonated with fans and made Franchitti one of IndyCar’s all-time greats.

Franchitti’s 31 victories are tied for eighth on the all-time list, and his 33 poles are sixth on the all-time list.

“Dario Franchitti has done so much for Target , so it will be very disappointing to not see him in our cars next season,” Ganassi said. “But simply put, Dario is a motorsports legend and will be sorely missed on the race track by everyone in the paddock and in the stands. His contributions to the sport of motor racing are too many to list, but I can tell you that they go way beyond what he has done on the track.”

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Oct 10

IndyCar: Franchitti Released From Texas Medical Center

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti, Released From Texas Medical Center

has left Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston. (Photo: Courtesy of CGR Media)

Target driver Dario Franchitti was released from Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston on Thursday.

He will be traveling to Indianapolis where he will be reevaluated over the next few days and ultimately await a second surgery to his right ankle, which had previously been stabilized.

Franchitti stated:

“I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and I’m thankful to have such a great family and such wonderful friends and fans. Thanks to everyone at the hospital and the track who took such good care of me during my stay in Houston. I look forward to watching Scott (Dixon), Alex (Tagliani) and the Target team next weekend on television, and will be pulling for them as they go for another championship.”

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Oct 9

IndyCar: Tagliani Will Substitute For Franchitti At Fontana

IndyCar: Tagliani Will Substitute For Franchitti At Fontana

of Canada. (Photo: Getty Images)

Target announced Wednesday that driver Alex Tagliani will substitute for four-time Series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner in the season-ending MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway as Franchitti continues to recover from injuries suffered at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston last weekend.

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Oct 8

IndyCar: Franchitti Facing Second Surgery After Wreck

IndyCar: Franchitti Facing 2nd Surgery After Wreck

of Scotland drives the No. 10 Target Honda Dallara. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will need a second surgery on the broken right ankle he suffered when his car went airborne into the fence during the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston.

Franchitti also fractured two vertebrae in his spine and received a concussion. He had surgery on the ankle Sunday night and remained in the hospital afterward. Franchitti is expected to return to Indianapolis on Wednesday and have a second surgery on his ankle.

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