Dario Franchitti crash left him with shorter leg

Dario Franchitti says one leg is now shorter than the other. Picture: Getty
Dario Franchitti says one leg is now shorter than the other. Picture: Getty
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RACING driver Dario Franchitti has told how he ended up with one leg two inches shorter than the other following the horror Indy crash which ended his career.

Bathgate-born Franchitti was forced to retire after suffering multiple injuries in a high-speed crash during a race in the US last year.

The four-time IndyCar series winner stopped racing on medical advice after spending five days in hospital after suffering concussion, a fractured vertebrae and a broken ankle in the last-lap crash in the Houston grand prix, Texas.

Dario says his right foot was forced up during the 200mph smash when his car flipped, slamming into a fence.

He said: “My foot was still hard on the brake pedal. But when the car’s structure deformed it pushed the master cylinder back into the cockpit.

“The impact shortened my right leg by about two inches. Surgeons had to pull everything back out and reset it.”

The 41-year-old, who received an MBE last month, said he was still undergoing rehab, and could cycle but cannot run. He says he still walks with a limp but is still involved in motor sport: “I’m still very busy with the Ganassi team I drove for, I commentate on races now and do various ambassador roles with companies.”