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
Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Sauber F1 drives during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea. (Photo: Getty Images)
As Nico Hulkenberg sweats on his future, Sauber is not ruling out simply keeping the highly rated German on board in 2014.
Earlier, with the 26-year-old linked with moves to Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and even a return to Force India, it had emerged Hulkenberg’s Sauber contract had been terminated amid Sauber’s financial struggles.
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.