In the final moments of Sunday's Shell-Penzoil Grand Prix of Houston, four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was involved in a wreck that ripped his car to pieces. Wreckage flew into the stands nearby, and the postrace celebration was muted as all waited for word on Franchitti's condition.
On the final lap of the race, Franchitti and Takuma Sato got tangled up, with Franchitti running up on Sato's back and spinning into the catch fence. EJ Viso, trailing, was able to avoid the wreckage of Franchitti's car but hit Sato.
For a long time, the television cameras only carried distant shots of Franchitti's wreckage, leading to obvious concerns. But Franchitti's team owner, Chip Ganassi, brought good news after visiting with Franchitti. "He's got a sore ankle and back," Ganassi said, "but he's OK."
Local news reports indicated there were 15 injuries in the stands from flying debris, none serious.