Dario Franchitti's career is over

Chris Trotman

Doctors have told the three-time Indy 500 winner that he must retire.

Dario Franchitti's career is over, according to the Associated Press. Following a horrific crash last month at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston in which the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner suffered a concussion, two spinal fractures and a broken ankle, Franchitti had two surgeries on his ankle and then went home to Scotland. The 40-year-old has since been informed by doctors that he can no longer race.

The crash took place on the final lap in Houston and saw Franchitti's car go flying into the catchfence. There was debris from the car in the grandstands and spectators were injured.

Franchitti released a statement through his team, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, saying that the risk of future injury was too high for him to continue and he'd like to be involved with IndyCar in another capacity.

"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.  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.

Franchitti is a four-time IndyCar Series Champion and his 31 IndyCar victories are tied for eighth all-time.

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