Several spectators as well as a race official were injured following a wreck at the Grand Prix of Houston that sent debris into the crowd. IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti was still in the hospital Monday following the accident that launched his car over Takuma Sato’s and into the fence on the final lap of Sunday’s race.
Debris showered into the grandstand from both of the cars involved in the collision. 13 spectators total were injured in the IndyCar accident, and 11 of the fans were treated at the scene and two were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. As of Monday only Dario Franchitti remained in the hospital due to injuries from the accident. Franchitti is recovering from a concussion, a spine fracture and surgery to the right ankle.
IndyCar issued a statement thanking the people of Houston for their support and concern for the IndyCar fans and race personnel involved in the accident. The IndyCar spokesman says they are reviewing the incident and that one of the organization’s highest priorities is to reduce the risks associated with IndyCar racing.
Source: KTRK, “Crash at Grand Prix of Houston Sends Fence Debris Flying Into Crowd, 15 Injured,” October 7, 2013