Dario Franchitti
Oct 7

Franchitti Has Surgery, Will Remain Hospitalized As Well-Wishes Pour In

Photo Credit: Brian Cleary

Photo Credit: Brian Cleary

Following the events of the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston IZOD Series race on Sunday, Target driver was admitted awake and alert to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston for a concussion, two spinal fractures and a fracture to his right ankle.  Last night Dario had surgery to temporarily stabilize the ankle.

He will remain in Houston for a few days, at which time he will be transported to Indianapolis for further evaluation.

“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.” – Dario Franchitti

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Oct 7

IndyCar: Fan Video Captures Dario Franchitti Houston Wreck

A fan watching Sunday’s Houston Grand Prix captured the moment of impact from ’s scary wreck on the final lap in dramatic fashion.

Obtained exclusively by Houston’s KPRC Local 2, the cell phone shows the speed and intensity on the incident where Franchitti’s car launched into the fencing after making contact with .

Franchitti suffered two fractured vertebrae, a fractured ankle and a concussion in the incident, while 13 fans were treated for minor injuries, two of which were transported to a local hospital.

After making the rounds on the Internet, the video caused IndyCar driver to question how cars continue to get airborne.

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Oct 6

IndyCar: Power Holds Off New Championship Leader Dixon To Win Race 2

Will Power holds up the first place trophy along with second place Scott Dixon (L) and third place  James Hinchcliffe(R) after Sunday's Houston Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

holds up the first place trophy along with second place (L) and third place (R) after Sunday’s Houston Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Dixon took control of the championship race when suffered his second mechanical failure in two days at the Grand Prix of Houston, where the race ended when Dario Franchitti’s car went airborne into the fence on the final lap.

The accident in Turn 5 happened when the car of four-time IndyCar champion Franchitti launched over ’s and sailed into the fence. Debris was showered into the grandstand from both the cars colliding and the impact with the fence, and Franchitti’s badly damaged car bounced back onto the track. E.J. Viso then hit Sato’s car.

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Oct 6

IndyCar: Franchitti Suffers Spinal Fracture, 13 Fans Injured In Houston Crash

has been diagnosed with a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, a fracture to the right ankle and a concussion after being involved in a serious crash during Race 2 of the Houston Grand Prix.

Franchitti was battling with on the final lap when they collided, sending Franchitti airborne and into the catch fence in Turn 5. , who was also involved, managed to miss Franchitti’s destroyed car, but T-boned Sato.

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Oct 4

IndyCar: Ganassi Signs Kanaan, Announces Switch To Chevy

Tony Kanaan will drive a fourth entry for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

will drive a fourth entry for in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Chip Ganassi Racing added another Indianapolis 500 winner to its team Friday and dropped Honda for in an engine manufacturer switch that seemed to be in the works since the start of the season.

Both moves could have a ripple effect throughout the paddock.

KV Racing must now replace reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who turned down an offer to return to the team that rescued him just before the start of the 2011 season when Kanaan didn’t have a ride. The KV extension didn’t require the Brazilian to bring any sponsorship money to the team, but Kanaan chose instead to join , and at Ganassi, which next year will field cars for five of the last seven Indy 500 winners.

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