Tony Kanaan: Crash in Houston doesn't discourage IndyCar fans
Tony Kanaan said IndyCar fans were made Sunday in Houston despite Dario Franchitti’s late-race crash.
Kanaan and Scott Dixon went to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston to visit Dario Franchitti and what injured spectators they could find following the crash Sunday. They also saw the IndyCar timing and scoring official whose nose had been cut by flying debris.
The first thing Kanaan noticed was a lack of significant injuries among the spectators, 13 of which were treated either at the scene or the hospital.
“Cuts and bruises, not broken bones,” he said Tuesday. “It was amazing given all the debris.”
One injured woman Kanaan and Dixon met had a cut on her forehead, and her 6-year-old son waiting in the lobby. They had attended their first IndyCar race together, and they told the drivers they’ll be eager to attend another.
“The boy had an IndyCar hat on, and an IndyCar shirt on,” Kanaan said. “I signed them, and I asked if they were coming back. The boy said, ‘Yeah, mommy’s all right.’ ”
Kanaan got the family’s contact information and vowed to bring gifts with him next year. He said the boy, who reminded him of his own son, Leo, asked if he could have the gifts “now.”
Kanaan had received a similar response from Leo after he promised to give him the miniature BorgWarner Trophy he’d soon receive. Leo thought it was the big trophy, the one on permanent display in the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.
“I told him that trophy’s his, too, but we have to leave it in the museum so everyone can see it,” Kanaan said, laughing.
Kanaan said information about Franchitti, whom he also visited, should come from the driver’s team, Ganassi Racing, or IndyCar.
“But he’ll be fine,” he said.
Franchitti suffered two spinal fractures, a concussion [two broken ribs] and a broken right ankle in the crash with Takuma Sato. The Scotsman remains at the Houston hospital. Indy Star