Franchitti sidelined by broken ankle

Dario Franchitti will not compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway after breaking his left ankle in a crash during the Nationwide Series event at the same venue

Franchitti sidelined by broken ankle

The Scot had been taken to a local hospital near the track after preliminary checks in the infield care centre, following his crash on lap 11 of the Aaron's 312, where his car got struck on the driver's side at speed by the No 91 machine of Larry Gunselman.

X-ray results later revealed Franchitti has suffered a fracture on his left ankle, which forces him to miss his second Sprint Cup Series race of the season, after he had qualified his car in 43rd place for Sunday's Aaron's 499.

David Stremme, who was replaced by Franchitti in the No. 40 car at Chip Ganassi Racing this year, will ironically rejoin his former squad to fill in for the Scot in the race, after getting approval from his current bosses.

"It's good for experience and obviously I've worked for that team and I'll be glad to fill in for him," said Stremme, who finished second in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega.

Stremme currently drives for Rusty Wallace in the Nationwide Series and is a test driver for Penske Racing, although he is out of a full-time drive in the Sprint Cup Series.

It is still uncertain when Franchitti will be back in action.

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