Sunday, in the Grand Prix of Houston, three time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti was injured in a serious crash. Franchitti had surgery Sunday to repair his right ankle, Target Ganassi Racing spokesperson Kelby Krauss told USA TODAY Sports,. That crash refocused attention on catchfence safety technology and has been among the hottest topics in motor racing...
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Sunday, in the Grand Prix of Houston, three time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti was injured in a serious crash. According to CNN.com, his car was bumped by Japanese driver Takuma Sato, as it flew airborne into protective fencing. The car spun multiple times against the fence, sending shards of debris flying toward the grandstands and shearing off part of its side. (CNN.com, Indy winner Dario Franchitti, 13 others hurt in Houston race wreck, October 7, 2013)
USA Today reported that Franchitti was being treated at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center for two broken vertebrae, a broken right ankle and a concussion. Franchitti had surgery Sunday to repair his right ankle, Target Ganassi Racing spokesperson Kelby Krauss told USA TODAY Sports, (USA Today, Graham Rahal: Franchitti wreck reminds him of Wheldon, October 6, 2013)
In a follow up, Sports Illustrated reported that Franchitti will have a second surgery on his ankle Wednesday in Indianapolis. (SportsIllustrated/CNN.com, Dario Franchitti faces second surgery after IndyCar wreck, October 7, 2013)
The accident in Turn 5 was reminiscent of Dan Wheldon's fatal 2011 crash in Las Vegas. That crash refocused attention on catchfence safety technology and has been among the hottest topics in motor racing since two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wheldon died at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wheldon’s car flew 325 feet through the air in a fiery 15-car wreck that caused the race's cancellation. Ironically, Franchitti's accident was just 10 days shy of the two-year anniversary of Wheldon's death. Not only was Franchitti injured, 13 spectators near the protective fencing were injured by debris from the on track collision.* USA Today
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