Dario Franchitti will have to undergo a second surgery on his broken right ankle which he sustained in a last lap crash during Sunday's Race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. A video of the scary accident where Franchitti's car launched over Takuma Sato's car and into the catch fence can be seen here.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion underwent a first surgery on his ankle Sunday night. He is expected to leave Houston and return to Indianapolis on Wednesday to have his second surgery.
Franchitti also fractured two vertebrae and sustained a concussion during the crash but will not need surgery on the vertebrae.
"Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me,” Franchitti said in a statement from Target Chip Ganassi Racing. ” I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is all right.”
Thirteen fans and an IndyCar official were also injured but none seriously when debris went into the grandstands off of Turn 5.
The IndyCar Series finale is on October 19th at Auto Club Speedway. It would be surprising if Franchitti is cleared to race in the event. After the Houston doubleheader Franchitti is eighth in the points and winless. Franchitti has not gone winless since the 2006 season except for 2008 when he did not compete in IndyCar and was on the NASCAR circuit.
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