Franchitti thanks fans for support after wreck

HOUSTON - Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will remain in Houston for the next few days as he recovers from a frightening crash at the last lap of the Houston grand prix over the weekend.

Franchitti's car went airborne into the fence during Sunday's race. He broke his right ankle, fractured two vertebrae in his spine and received a concussion. He had surgery on the ankle Sunday night and was hospitalized.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing said Monday that Franchitti "will remain in Houston for a few days" and then be taken to Indianapolis for further evaluation.

Franchitti thanked his fans for their support.

"Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me. I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright," he tweeted Monday.

The wreck also injured an IndyCar official and 13 fans, including two who were taken to a hospital for treatment. None of those injuries were considered to be serious.

IndyCar released the following statement Monday afternoon:

Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by yesterday's accident. IndyCar is thoroughly reviewing the incident. Reducing the risks that are associated with racing is one of our highest priorities and receives our constant and ongoing focus.

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