Franchitti forced to retire from racing
14 November 2013 – Dario Franchitti has been forced to retire from motor racing as a result of the injuries he sustained during a massive IndyCar accident at last month's Houston Grand Prix.
The Scot, 40, fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion as a result of the crash, which saw him fly over the back of Takuma Sato's car. Having undergone two surgeries and returned home, he has since been advised to quit.
Franchitti, who had been signed up for another term with Ganassi, ends his career with three Indianapolis 500 victories and four IndyCar titles, plus 31 IndyCar wins.
"Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority," explained Franchitti in a statement published on Thursday. "I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I'd also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.
"One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing. They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.
"Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it's really tough to think that the driving side is now over. I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Ganassi, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship."
Franchitti added that he hopes to remain involved in the sport in an off-track role, and is set to discuss potential options with long-time team boss Chip Ganassi shortly.
"Hopefully in time, I'll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series," Franchitti went on to explain. "I love open-wheel racing and I want to see it succeed. I'll be working with Chip to see how I can stay involved with the team."