Following the events of the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday, Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti 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
Franchitti’s ex-wife Ashley Judd made her way to the hospital Sunday night and thanked the fans.
Thank you for the prayers for @dariofranchitti I have only clothes on my back & the dogs but that’s all that we need & we are on our way.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) October 6, 2013
Franchitti also expressed his thanks and well wishes on his Twitter account.
Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me. — Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) October 7, 2013
I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright. — Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) October 7, 2013
Well wishes have been pouring for Franchitti on Twitter from fans, fellow competitors and some of NASCAR’s biggest names.
Really relief to see @dariofranchitti smile last night. Dario I’ll take you up on helmet trade offer. We need you back on track soon!!
Thinking of @dariofranchitti tonight and the fans that were injured today. Hoping for a speedy recovery for all!
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