Franchitti's 2003 season over

Andretti Green Racing driver Dario Franchitti will miss the remainder of the Indy Racing League season in order to undergo back surgery.

Franchitti's 2003 season over

The Scot fractured his back in a motorbike accident in April, which led to a ten-week layoff from which he only returned last week, where he took fourth at Pikes Peak.

"I'm really disappointed that I will not be able to compete for the rest of the IRL season," said Franchitti. "After looking at my options I feel that doing the surgery now is the best thing for me. Then I can be 100 percent fit for the team in 2004."

Andretti Green Racing owner Michael Andretti said: "I feel awful for Dario right now. This is one of the hardest decisions he has ever had to make but I know it's the right choice for himself and the team. We are 110 percent behind Dario."

The team has not yet announced a replacement.

Franchitti takes the surgery following the advice of respected American practitioner Dr Terry Trammell.

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