Franchitti has second ankle op
Dario Franchitti has undergone a second operation on his right ankle as he continues his recovery from his crash at the Grand Prix of Houston.
The 40-year-old Scottish driver, a four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, suffered multiple bone fractures in a huge last-lap crash in the race and spent five days in hospital before being released last Thursday.
Franchitti underwent a first operation on his ankle in the hours immediately following the incident but more surgery had been a possibility and he went under the knife again on Monday.
A statement on www.chipganassiracing.com read: "Earlier today Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti underwent successful surgery to repair the talus bone in his right ankle.
"After a surgery that lasted just over three hours, he is resting comfortably post operatively."
The statement also quoted Dr Terry Trammel, orthopedic consultant for the IZOD IndyCar Series, who said: "Dr Tim Weber repaired Dario's ankle and his surgery went perfectly and just as planned. His post-operation x-rays looked great. Everything is positive at this point as Dario continues his recovery."
Franchitti, who also suffered a concussion and fractured vertebrae in the crash that did not require surgery, was replaced in the Chip Ganassi team by veteran racer Alex Tagliani for the season finale in Fontana.