Description: Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti has been hospitalized after being involved in a serious crash in the Houston Grand Prix Sunday.
Franchitti was battling with Takuma Sato on the last lap of the IndyCar Series race when both cars hit each other, causing Franchitti to go airborne before he slammed into a catch fence on the side of a turn, FoxSports.com reports. Driver EJ Viso managed to swerve and avoid Franchittiâ€™s car, but he struck Sato.
Debris from the crash injured 13 spectators at the race, the Houston Fire Department told Fox News. Two of the spectators were sent to an area hospital, while medical responders attended to the others on-scene. An IndyCar series official was treated for minor injuries.
Franchitti was placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance. Chip Ganassi, owner of the team Franchitti races for, said the driver was awake and alert, only complaining of a sore ankle and back, FoxSports.com reports.
Franchitti suffered two fractured vertebra, a fractured right ankle and a concussion, according to The Associated Press.