Breaking: Dario Franchitti to retire following aftermath of Houston wreck

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Dario Franchitti will heed the advice of doctors and retire from competitive racing. Franchitti, 40, was seriously injured at last month’s Grand Prix of Houston when his Indy car speared off the track and into the catch fencing, injuring both himself and spectators. The Scottish driver suffered a pair of broken vertebrae, a broken ankle and a concussion in the crash.

“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 said in a statement issued by his Target Chip Ganassi team.

Franchitti ran in the opposing CART/Champ Car series starting in 1997, ringing up 10 wins and 32 podiums before joining what was then the Indy Racing League in 2003. He managed to win 31 IndyCar races, with three wins in the Indianapolis 500 and four championships. He’ll finish his career tied for eighth on the all-time wins list.

“Dario is a motorsports legend and will be sorely missed on the race track by everyone in the paddock and in the stands. His contributions to the sport of motor racing are too many to list but I can tell you that they go way beyond what he has done on the track,” said Target Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi.

Take a look below for the full press release from Target Chip Ganassi Racing, including extended statements from Dario Franchitti, Chip Ganassi, and Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel.

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