Indycar fans are holding their breaths and hoping for the best after a horrific crash saw Dario Franchitti in the final seconds of the Shell Grand Prix of Houston.
Running inches away from Takuma Sato down a quick, curving straight Sato reported getting off line, and that sent Franchitti into the catch fence. Fence and car disintegrated as his car rode the temporary barrier up in to the fence in front of a stand full of fans. Watching the replays its clear debris flew towards the fence, but no injuries were immediately reported.
I, like I’m sure many fans, flashed back to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2011 and Dan Wheldon’s fatal crash.
Chip Ganassi came on the screen at the tail end of the broadcast and said that Dario was “Okay,” but until he’s seen at a hospital it’s premature to say for certain. Ganassi said he was alert and communicative and reporting of pain in several places, which are good signs, but until he’s evaluated it’s impossible to speculate at the extent of his injuries. He skipped the infield care center and went straight to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Personally, I am praying for light injuries and speedy recovery, and I would encourage anyone who is reading this to either take a moment a pray, or send positive energy to Franchitti, his family, and any fans who might have been effected.
Jenna Fryer just tweeted about Franchitti’s condition:
Dario Franchitti has 2 fractured vertebra that will not require surgery, fracture to right ankle, and concussion. Will be held overnight.
— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) October 6, 2013
I’m not surprised by the fractured vertebrae, because as I’ve written before anytime a race car goes airborne it’s a risk. The severity of the fractures and the concussion haven’t been released publicly, but it sounds like Franchitti might not have long-term damage.
If anything pertinent comes up I’ll keep updating.