Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti, citing doctors' advice after he was seriously hurt in a crash in October, said Thursday he is ending his racing career.
"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," Franchitti said in a statement issued by his team,
"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," he said.
Franchitti, 40, was injured Oct. 6 at the end of a street race in Houston. His car went airborne and into a catchfence before crashing back onto the track. He suffered two spinal fractures, a concussion and a broken right ankle that required surgery.
"Hopefully in time, I'll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the
Franchitti overall made 265 career IndyCar starts. His victories included the
Franchitti's estranged wife is actress Ashley Judd; the couple said in January they were ending their marriage. However, Judd went to see Franchitti after his accident and thanked fans on Twitter for their support.