Dario Franchitti announced Thursday he will no longer be able to compete in auto racing because of injuries suffered in an October 6 crash.
The 40-year-old IndyCar champion, who suffered a broken back, right ankle and concussion in a crash at the Houston Grand Prix that sent his car airborne into a catchfence and back onto the temporary street circuit, also won three Indianapolis 500s in a career that started in 1997.
Dario Franchitti and his team were looking forward to his return in 2014, when Ganassi is welcoming 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan to the stable that already includes three-time and reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver ends his career tied for eighth on the all-time list with 31 career wins and 33 pole positions.
Dario Franchitti issued the following statement: “Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority. I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.
Dario Franchitti announced he will no longer be able to compete in auto racing because of injuries suffered in Houston crash
“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing. They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.
“Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it’s really tough to think that the driving side is now over. I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship.
“I’d like to thank all my fellow competitors, teammates, crew and sponsors for their incredible support over the course of this amazing ride. I’d also like to thank Hogan Racing, Team KOOL Green and Andretti Green Racing for the opportunities to compete on the racetrack, and especially Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who have become like a family to me since I joined their team back in 2008. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all my fans around the world. I can’t thank you enough for standing by my side for all these years.
“I’ll forever look back on my time racing in CART and the IndyCar Series with fond memories and the relationships I’ve forged in the sport will last a lifetime.
“Hopefully in time, I’ll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series. I love open-wheel racing and I want to see it succeed. I’ll be working with Chip to see how I can stay involved with the team, and with all the amazing friends I’ve made over the years at Target.”
According to new reports, Ashley Judd is getting back together with her reportedly estranged husband, Dario Franchitti.
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti were giving their relationship another try, sources confirmed to Us Weekly.
According to Contactmusic, Dario Franchitti was recently discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery to treat injuries he received after being in an accident at the Houston Grand Prix in Texas.
Ashley Judd is getting back together with her reportedly estranged husband, Dario Franchitti
“They are going to give it another try after he recovers,” a source told Us Weekly.
“His accident made her realize how much she loves him.”
Ashley Judd reportedly rushed to the hospital after learning about Dario Franchitti’s accident.
Dario Franchitti suffered from a concussion, a fractured spine and a fractured right ankle after colliding with Takuma Sato, a fellow driver, and slamming into a fence on October 6.
Ashley Judd rushed to her estranged husband Dario Franchitti’s side following the car crash at the Houston Grand Prix on Sunday.
The accident left Dario Franchitti with a concussion, broken right ankle and two fractured vertebrae.
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti announced their split in January 2013 after 11 years of marriage
Debris from his high speed crash flew into the stands, injuring 13 fans according to the Associated Press.
Dario Franchitti, 40, was transported by an ambulance to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The three-time Indy 500 winner underwent surgery on his ankle yesterday.
Ashley Judd, 45, and Dario Franchitti announced their split in January 2013 after 11 years of marriage. Although the pair has yet to file for divorce, it is unclear whether they have officially reconciled.
“We have mutually decided to end our marriage,” Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti said in a statement at the time of their separation.
“We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”
Dario Franchitti and his girlfriend were spotted last week while shopping for engagement rings, the Scottish Sun-Times reported.
Dario Franchitti and his girlfriend were spotted last week while shopping for engagement rings
Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 40, and his new blonde girlfriend were reportedly seen seeking some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores. They were focused on major diamond baubles that could only be described as engagement rings.
The Scottish Sun-Times also reported that friends of the couple are “convinced” an engagement is inevitable.
“He’s madly in love with her,” says a source as it is believed the relationship is “heating up”.
Dario Franchitti’s team did not comment when asked whether the racing driver is planning to get married.
IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti fractured two vertebrae, broke his right ankle and sustained a concussion when his car went airborne into a catch fence during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday, with flying debris injuring 13 fans and a series official.
Dario Franchitti, 40, was transported to a hospital where the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner would be held overnight, and a series official was treated for minor injuries.
Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 11 of the 13 injured fans were treated on site at Reliant Park. Lozano said two were taken to the hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred when Dario Franchitti’s car clipped the tire of the car driven by Takuma Sato when the two were coming out of Turn 5 at the Reliant Park race course. After Dario Franchitti’s car hit the fence, it landed back on the track. Also involved in the wreckage was E.J. Viso, whose car collided with Takuma Sato’s car.
The accident brought an immediate caution flag and the race was halted with Power declared the winner.
Dario Franchitti car crash during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston
Takuma Sato said his car clipped the wall before Dario Franchitti’s car collided with his.
“On the last lap I caught the marbles and brushed the wall and lost momentum,” Takuma Sato said.
“A couple cars passed me as I was off line and in Turn 5. I got very loose and Dario and I came together. Hopefully Dario is OK.”
The accident in Turn 5 was reminiscent of Dan Wheldon’s fatal 2011 crash at Las Vegas; in both cases, competitors had to drive through the wreckage.
It was a sobering moment for race winner Will Power, who broke his back in the Las Vegas crash, and Scott Dixon, who took control of the IndyCar championship race Sunday but passed by teammate Dario Franchitti’s car and waved in an attempt to get an update on his condition.
“The smells and the visuals, for me, and even talking to Will, you have the remnants of Vegas popping into your head with you coming around the corner and you can’t drive through it because there’s a field of debris,” Scott Dixon said.
“There was no near the amount of damage that we saw [in 2011], but seeing the replay was a big shock.”
Scott Dixon will head to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the series finale on October 19 with a 25-point lead over Helio Castroneves, who surrendered first place in the standings when he finished 23rd after mechanical problems Sunday.