Update On Houston Collision


A file image of Dario Franchitti at the 2013 Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Amy Konrath(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – 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 Centre in Houston for a concussion, two spinal fractures, and a fracture to his right ankle.

Sunday night Dario had surgery to temporarily stabilize the ankle and 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,” said Franchitti from his hospital room. “I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright.”

Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by Sunday’s accident. Thank you to the people of Houston for their support of the Grand Prix and their concern for Dario Franchitti, the fans, and race personnel.

INDYCAR is thoroughly reviewing the incident.

Reducing the risks that are associated with racing is one of our highest priorities and receives our constant and on-going focus.


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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata