Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti suffered a concussion, spinal fracture and broken ankle after a horror crash on Sunday during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston that also left over a dozen spectators injured, according to Reuters.
The Scotsman made contact with Japanese drive Takuma Sato on one of the final turns, sending Franchitti's car airborne into the protective fence before spinning several times while debris was sprayed toward the grandstands.
"That was a big hit, I hope Dario's okay, he looked like he was moving around when I drove past," Franchitti's teammate Scott Dixon told reporters after the race.
Franchitti, 40, was awake and alert when he was admitted to a Houston hospital, where he will stay overnight but will not require surgery for the spinal fracture, Indy Car said in a statement.
Multiple reports say that the crash left 13 spectators injured, including two who were sent to hospital.
Crowd View Footage:
Below is a raw footage of the massive crash captured on camera by one of the fans in the crowd:
Fans offered their support and wishes online:
Just watched the Dario Franchitti crash. Get well soon #keepdriving— Dominic Lesniewski (@dm1s) October 7, 2013
We are very happy to see that @dariofranchitti is ok, and we hope is the same for all the fans injured. We wish all of you to get well soon!— Dallara (@DallaraGroup) October 7, 2013
Wishing @dariofranchitti a very speedy recovery following his crash in Houston as well as the spectators who were injured.— Billo (@Billo20Four7) October 7, 2013
Hope that @dariofranchitti gets well soon and that all the spectators recover well. Never nice when accidents happen in sport!— Heather Cordwell (@Cordy_Senior) October 7, 2013
@dariofranchitti get well soon Dario. Horrid smash— Tom Hollick (@Seatz37) October 7, 2013
Dario Franchitti married American actress Ashley Judd in 2001 and the couple divorced in January this year. Following the horrifying incident, Judd thanked the fans for their love and support:
Thank you for the prayers for @dariofranchitti I have only clothes on my back & the dogs but that's all that we need & we are on our way.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) October 6, 2013