Dario Franchitti undergoes ankle surgery after IndyCar Houston crash

Dario Franchitti will remain in hospital in Houston for a few more days following his huge accident in Sunday's IndyCar race in the city

Dario Franchitti undergoes ankle surgery after IndyCar Houston crash

Three-time champion Franchitti sustained concussion, two spinal fractures and a fractured right ankle when his Ganassi car took off over the back of Foyt driver Takuma Sato's sliding Dallara on the final lap.

Franchitti's Dallara-Honda went into the catch-fencing, with 14 spectators suffering minor injuries from debris as the accident unfolded.

A statement from the Ganassi team said that Franchitti had surgery to stabilise the damaged ankle on Sunday night.

His spinal fractures will not require operations.

He will be transported to Indianapolis for further evaluation whenever he is released from Houston's Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Centre.

Franchitti thanked the racing community for its outpouring of support in the wake of the accident.

"Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me," he said.

"I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright."

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