IndyCar » Franchitti sent to hospital after huge last-lap crash

Dario Franchitti was involved in a huge last-lap accident in the second race of the Houston double-header event on Sunday and sent to hospital, but has escaped serious injury. (Updated 18:00pm BST)

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October 06, 2013 9:34 PM

A shocking crash. Thinking about Dario of course but an awful lot of debris went over the catch fence including a wheel and piece of the track wall. Am thinking about the fellow fans who may be seriously hurt.
Why does Indy continue to race on dangerous temporary tracks?


October 06, 2013 10:29 PM

hang in there dario! yea i agree they race these stupid city courses because the people are to lazy and stupid now to enjoy REAL TRACKS! the REAL TRACKS now are left behind! ITS THE S0-CALLED fan ,I DUNNO all racing from motogp to f-1 is seriously screwed up! f-1 screams for tech as in motogp ,indy cries for fans so they go city crap,etc etc,, its just become a 2 lane road ,fans in the laft and series on the right both not knowing were each is going,


October 07, 2013 5:46 AM

You just describe the very problem with F1...too much focus on technology and very little focus on the actual racing and driver skill hence why the sometimes boring/processional races.... This compared to MotoGP, WSBK or NASCAR where in those championships fans are treated to actual racing as oppose to the race itself being some science experiment.

Overall I would like to see the day when F1 once again put a strong emphasis on the drivers as oppose to the machines.

As for this situation, its nothing but a freak racing incident and anybody whole clearly believe that motorsports/racing is 100% safe drivers(and riders) and spectators clearly haven't been into motorsports for a very long.


October 07, 2013 12:32 PM

IndyCars on these kind of tracks are ridiculously silly. Never, never made for it. What could perhaps have saved Dario (and everyone else) was the rear section of the car over the rear wheels like they have on the speedway. This is clearly missing in the picture.


October 09, 2013 9:52 AM


F1 began as a constructors championship, the drivers were secondary.
It's not the technology in terms of mechanical and electrical advances that's killing F1 it's artificially induced aerodynamic downforce.
It needs to be excluded from motorsports altogether, cars need to run neutral Aero so they can follow each other through bends, at slower speeds which is safer, and enable proper slipstreaming.
Darios crash is in part, exacerbated by Aero. As soon as the massive forces pushing the car into the tarmac are released when he hit the back of Sato, that energy has to go somewhere and that's accelerating the car further into the crash.
Aw Ra best Dario and the injured spectators.

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