Dario Franchitti leaves hospital after crash

Dario Franchitti is recovering. Picture: AP/Marino Franchitti
Dario Franchitti is recovering. Picture: AP/Marino Franchitti
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BATHGATE’s four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti has been released from hospital but faces further surgery after his high-speed crash at the Houston Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Scot broke two vertebrae in his spine, two ribs and an ankle after a 100mph final lap crash

He released this picture of himself, smiling, as he shuffled around the hospital

His car flipped into the air following a final-lap collision with Takuma Sato, with at least 13 spectators injured by debris that flew over safety fencing.

Dario said he had “overwhelmed by the outpouring of support”.

He added: “I’m thankful to have such a great family and such wonderful friends and fans. Thanks to everyone at the hospital and the track who took such good care of me during my stay in Houston.”

A statement from IndyCar said the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner would now be transported to Indianapolis, where his condition would be re-evaluated.