Dario Franchitti underwent surgery to stabilize his broken right ankle after the IndyCar driver went airborne and crashed into the catchfence at a race in Houston, his
Franchitti, 40, also suffered two spinal fractures and a concussion Sunday but was "awake and alert" when he was admitted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, the team said.
An IndyCar official and two fans also were taken to a hospital for treatment, IndyCar said. They were among several spectators injured by debris from Franchitti's crash.
Franchitti, a three-time
"I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright," he said.
Ganassi said Franchitti (pronounced Fran-kee-tee) would remain in Houston for a few days and then be taken to Indianapolis for further evaluation.
The accident occurred at the end of the second race of a weekend doubleheader on the streets of Houston.
There is one race left in IndyCar's season, at Fontana on Oct. 19. A replacement for Franchitti at Fontana has not yet been announced.
Franchitti's fellow drivers also continued to send him notes of support via Twitter, including