Franchitti cleared to race in Miami

Dario Franchitti is expected to race in the opening round of the CART FedEx World Series after passing his medical test in Miami

Franchitti cleared to race in Miami

The Scot, who suffered a fractured pelvis and small brain contusions in a crash caused by suspension failure at Spring Training in early February, was cleared to race by CART's director of medical affairs, Dr. Steve Olvey.

Franchitti will get back into his Team Green Reynard Honda at Nazareth next weekend to determine whether he can drive with the discomfort of his leg injuries.

Despite spending a lot of the time on crutches, Franchitti has maintained a quite intensive training programme: "I've been in physiotherapy, five days a week, and then I've been training for two hours every day," he said. "It's only been upper bodywork so far, but last week they gave me permission to work my legs."

Franchitti flew straight to Austria after the test for a week with trainer Toni Matthias, something he had planned to do immediately after Spring Training until the accident put that plan on hold.

"It's focused me a lot more," continued Franchitti. "My motivation is sky-high at the moment, and I just can't wait to get going."


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