A fan watching Sunday’s IndyCar Houston Grand Prix captured the moment of impact from Dario Franchitti’s scary wreck on the final lap in dramatic fashion.
Obtained exclusively by Houston’s KPRC Local 2, the cell phone video shows the speed and intensity on the incident where Franchitti’s car launched into the fencing after making contact with Takuma Sato.
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 JR Hildebrand to question how cars continue to get airborne.
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)
Scott Dixon took control of the IndyCar championship race when Helio Castroneves 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 Takuma Sato’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.
Dario Franchitti 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 Takuma Sato on the final lap when they collided, sending Franchitti airborne and into the catch fence in Turn 5. EJ Viso, who was also involved, managed to miss Franchitti’s destroyed car, but T-boned Sato.
Sebastian Vettel (2nd R), Kimi Raikkonen (L), Romain Grosjean (R) and Red Bull Performance Engineeer Tim Malyon (2nd L) pose on the podium after Sunday’s Korean GP. (Photo: Getty Images)
Another Formula 1 weekend has come and gone, and once again, it’s Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel taking home the top spot. Although the race may be over, our coverage on SPEED.com is not. Stay tuned for updates from the Korea International Circuit.
Alonso Rues Lack Of Ferrari Race Pace
Fernando Alonso drives to a sixth place finish in Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)
Fernando Alonso admits that Ferrari didn’t have its usual race pace in Korea, having already realized after practice that it would be a tough weekend.
Alonso finished sixth at Yeongam, behind Nico Hulkenberg and Lewis Hamilton.
“Normally on Sunday we have a good pace, but here also on Sunday we didn’t have the performance we expected,” he said. “We saw on Friday a little bit, the long runs were not as good as other Grands Prix, and we knew that maybe the race was tough, and unfortunately we confirmed this feeling today. We were not so good at the start, in Turn 3 we lost a position to Nico, and then we were all the race behind Hulkenberg, which obviously also doesn’t help the tires. We didn’t have the pace, but hopefully in Suzuka we can come back to a better one and fight for the podium again.”