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Franchitti has second surgery on right ankle

<p>IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti underwent a second surgical procedure on Monday in Indianapolis to repair the talus bone in his broken right ankle.</p>

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti underwent a second surgical procedure on Monday in Indianapolis to repair the talus bone in his broken right ankle.

Chip Ganassi Racing said in a release that Franchitti's surgery lasted just over three hours, and he is resting comfortably.

Franchitti, a four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was seriously injured during a horrifying accident on the final lap in the Oct. 6 race in Houston. His car went airborne after hitting the rear of Takuma Sato's car and slammed into the catchfence along turn 5 before it landed back onto the track. Debris from the fence and Franchitti's vehicle showered a grandstand full of spectators in that area. Thirteen fans and an IndyCar official sustained minor injuries during the incident.

In addition to his broken ankle, Franchitti fractured two vertebrae in his spine. He also suffered a concussion and two cracked ribs. The first surgery on his ankle was performed at a Houston hospital a few hours after the accident. Franchitti remained in the hospital there for several days. His spinal injury did not require surgery.

After Franchitti's surgery in Indianapolis was completed, Dr. Terry Trammel, an orthopedic consultant for IndyCar, said in a statement, "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."

Last Wednesday, Ganassi announced that Alex Tagliani will substitute for Franchitti in the Oct. 19 IndyCar season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Franchitti's teammate, Scott Dixon, is attempting to win his third series championship, as he presently holds a 25-point lead over Helio Castroneves from Team Penske.

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