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Castroneves is on pole now! Supposedly it’s determined by entrant points upon entering the event – ie, the positions before yesterday’s race.
It does look like Helio on pole to me, not Dixon, to clear it up once and for all.
Scary crash on the final lap but encouraging words from Chip Ganassi that Franchitti was talking and is “OK” and is being taken to hospital.
Here’s what happened:
Awful crash. Thank goodness Dario’s ok.
That looked scary.. At first it looked to me the front was ripped off.. I was afraid for his legs, but it was just the black of the nose.
Thank god he’s pretty fine as it seems.
The driving standards should be reviewed.. and the tracks they visit!
Official statement from IndyCar: “Dario Franchitti is awake and alert. He’s going to be transported via ground to a local hospital. As soon as we have a further update we’ll provide that to everyone.”
And another view ..
EJ Viso was very lucky, his cars hit a wheel off Dario’s car and launched it into the bridge above
Update on Franchitti’s condition:
Certainly better than might have been expected. I haven’t heard anything else on the spectators though, anyone seen anything?
Houston, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – Medical update from Dr Michael Olinger, IndyCar director of medical services:
Izod IndyCar Series driver Dario Franchitti was admitted awake and alert to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston for a concussion, spinal fracture that will require no surgery and a fracture to the right ankle. He will be kept overnight.
Franchitti was injured in a last-lap collision with Takuma Sato on Sunday in Race two of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.
Tagliani concerned over spectators:
Saw some pretty big pieces of fence going into grand stand in HoustonGP sending thoughts to all fans involve and suffering injuries
— Alex Tagliani (@tagliani) October 6, 2013
Local Houston affiliate is reporting that 4 have been hospitalized, no word of condition. Video in the article shows the fence in the crowd.
Seeing his head tilted forwards when the medics were at his car sent shivers down my spine.. Glad his injuries aren’t worse.
I like Indycar, but crashes like these seem so unnecessary.
Reminds me a lot of the Australian GP crash involving Villeneuve where Marshall Graham Beveridge was killed. Heavy impact, thank god no marshalls or spectators were injured, and that Dario should recover.
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