After suffering back, head and ankle injuries in an horrific accident at the Houston street track a month ago, Franchitti confirmed that he will heed medical advice to end his racing career.
Initially grave fears were held for Franchitti as his car flew into the catch fencing in a violent impact before what remained of the chassis came to rest in the middle of the circuit.
In a statement issued by Franchitti's Target Chip Ganassi Racing team, Franchitti confirmed the risks of permanent injury were far too great for him to continue.
“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,” Franchitti said.
“They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.”
“Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority. I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I'd also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.
Franchitti finishes with an imposing record of 31 IndyCar wins (equal eighth on the all-time list and 33 pole positions, sixth on the all-time list).