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Dario  Franchitti, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi car races down the straight away during the Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston Race #2 at Reliant Park on October 6, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi car races down the straight away during the Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston Race #2 at Reliant Park on October 6, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) – 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.

VIDEO: Dario Franchitti’s wreck at Grand Prix of Houston

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.

The wreck also injured and IndyCar official and 13 fans, including two who were taken to a hospital for treatment.

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