11 Oct 2013

Franchitti leaves hospital

11:13 am on 11 October 2013

The Scottish motor racing driver Dario Franchitti has been released from a Houston hospital, four days after suffering a fractured spine, broken ankle and concussion in a crash at the Houston Indycar Grand Prix.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion will travel to Indianapolis, where his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team is based, for a second surgery on his right ankle.

Franchitti's car went airborne and destroyed a portion of the catch fence before spinning several times while debris injured several spectators after he made contact with Japanese driver Takuma Sato on the final lap.

He'll be replaced by Alex Tagliani in IndyCar's season finale in California next weekend.