Power wins, Franchitti in huge crash
7 October 2013 – Will Power triumphed in the second race of the IndyCar double-header at Houston, but the final lap was overshadowed by Dario Franchitti's frightening last lap incident.
Franchitti was running behind Takuma Sato when the latter made a small error, sending the Scot over the back of his A.J. Foyt rival. The Ganassi driver then travelled along the barriers, causing major car damage and littering debris all over the circuit.
The medical team was required to extract Franchitti, who has since been diagnosed with concussion, a fractured vertebra and a fractured right ankle at a nearby hospital.
Power moved into the lead at an early restart, when the Penske driver got the jump on Franchitti's team-mate, Scott Dixon. And it turned out to be a decisive pass as, despite his rival's best efforts, Power held on to record his second victory of the season.
Dixon's runner-up spot was still extremely beneficial for his title hopes, however, as the New Zealander now moves 25 points clear of Hélio Castroneves. Although the Brazilian was handed pole after qualifying was cancelled, with the starting line-up determined by the pre-race standings, he came to a halt with a damaged gearbox.
James Hinchliffe crossed the line in third position, fending off Justin Wilson to the flag. Sébastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top six positions.
Aside from Franchitti's incident, the race featured a host of caution periods. Simona de Silvestro and Josef Newgarden both got drive-through penalties for their actions; the KV Racing driver sent both Graham Rahal and Tristan Vautier into the wall after misjudging an overtake, while Josef Newgarden caused Marco Andretti to spin.
The IndyCar finale takes place in Fontana on the weekend of October 19-20