Crain News Service report
HOUSTON (Oct. 8, 2013) — Despite being involved in a horrendous IndyCar wreck during Sunday's Grand Prix of Houston, Dario Franchitti appears to be OK.
After the wreck — played and replayed countless times by TV stations and on the Internet worldwide — Mr. Franchitti was admitted to a Texas hospital with a concussion, two fractured vertebrae and a broken ankle. On Oct. 7, IndyCar issued a statement saying Mr. Franchitti was OK and that he would be staying in Houston for a few days before being moved to Indianapolis for observation.
The statement is as follows:
"Following the events of the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday (Oct. 6), 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."
Mr. Franchitti also commented on the reaction of all of his fans.
"Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes," he said. "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."
To view a video of the crash, click here.
This report appeared on the website of Autoweek magazine, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.