3-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Dario Franchitti has been forced to retire due to injuries he suffered in a crash at the Grand Prix of Houston on October 6th. The crash that also 13 spectators to be injured, caused Franchitti to break two vertabrae as well as a fractured ankle. After having surgery and being released from the hospital, doctors told Franchitti he would no longer be able to race which has caused his retirement.
Franchitti has not only won the Indianapolis 500 three times but he is a four time IndyCar Series Champion. His loss from the sport is not only tragic because of the injuries he suffered as well as those from the fans, but he was also the most recognizable driver the sport had. Not only was he known because of his ability to win, but he also has received some publicity due to his timultuous relationship with actress and notable University of Kentucky basketball fan, Ashley Judd. This marks the end of an incredible career, but does so on an incredibly tragic note.