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Dario Franchitti has surgery after Houston crash

The IndyCar Series driver has his broken right ankle stabilized following Sunday's big crash.

October 07, 2013|Staff and wire reports

Dario Franchitti underwent surgery to stabilize his broken right ankle after the IndyCar driver went airborne and crashed into the catchfence at a race in Houston, his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team said Monday.

Franchitti, 40, also suffered two spinal fractures and a concussion Sunday but was "awake and alert" when he was admitted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, the team said.

An IndyCar official and two fans also were taken to a hospital for treatment, IndyCar said. They were among several spectators injured by debris from Franchitti's crash.

Franchitti, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time series champion, issued a statement thanking "everyone for all the well-wishes."

Ganassi said Franchitti would remain in Houston for a few days and then be taken to Indianapolis for further evaluation.

There is one race left in IndyCar's season, at Fontana on Oct. 19.

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