Dario Franchitti — who is a four-time IndyCar champion — has been forced into retirement after suffering severe injuries from an Oct. 6 car crash.
USA Today reports that the 40-year-old racer suffered a broken back, a right ankle and a concussion after a Houston Grand Prix crash sent his vehicle flying over the circuit. Franchitti issued the following statement regarding his injury
“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 has enjoyed success since his 1997 debut, finishing his career with 31 career wins and 33 pole positions.