Franchitti OK, but catch fences still need examining

It appears that Dario Franchitti will fully recover from Sunday's horrific crash at the IZOD...

It appears that Dario Franchitti will fully recover from Sunday's horrific crash at the IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Houston. (Reuters/Files)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:30 PM ET

The good news is that Dario Franchitti looks like he will fully recover from Sunday’s horrific crash at the IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Houston.

Actually that is about the only good news in this whole mess.

IndyCar bosses must all have had four leaf glovers in their pockets because what could have been a full blown deadly disaster was miraculously avoided.

Just to recap, Franchitti was coming around a high-speed corner, likely at near 175 m.p.h., when Takuma Sato slowed in front of him.

Franchitti’s No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda clipped Sato’s rear tire sending it up into the catch fence, scattering bits of carbon fibre and metal — and part of the fence itself — into the nearby grandstand injuring 13 fans.

Again, luckily, none were seriously hurt.

It was, however, just the latest in a series of crashes into the so-called catch fences that needs much closer scrutiny.


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