Despite his horrific crash on the final lap of Sunday’s second IndyCar race at Houston, former Dario Franchitti will only need to undergo ankle surgery to set the fracture he suffered in his right leg.
The Scot is expected to leave Houston’s Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Centre before the end of the week, with his other injuried – being mild concussion and two spinal fractures – not requiring further treatment under anaesthetic. It is understood that his back injuries are minor in nature and he will make a complete recovery.
“Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me,” he said in a short statement issued to the media.
The three-time series champion was launched into the catch fencing at the circuit’s fast right-hander after making contact with the back of Takuma Sato’s car. The accident tore a hole in the catch fencing and fourteen spectators suffered minor injuries.
Check out fan footage of the moment of the crash – it’s incredible no one was killed!
“I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright,” Franchitti added.
The incident will trigger a serious investigation by IndyCar officials, with the accident frightening reminiscent of the fatal accident at the 2011 curtain-closer at Las Vegas, which claimed the life of Dan Wheldon.
The investigation will no doubt focus on the causes of the accident, as well as to the catch fencing and the proximity of spectators to the fencing at that part of the circuit.
The series’ control Dallara DW12 will also be called into question, with its design – featuring some unsightly rear ‘bumpers’ around the back wheels – clearly failing in its aim to prevent cars being launched into the air.