Will Power won race two of IndyCar's Houston double-header although the finish was marred by a massive last-lap accident involving Dario Franchitti.
Franchitti remained in the wreckage until the medical team could extract him, however IndyCar has confirmed that he is conscious and alert. He was taken directly to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
The Scot was running behind Takuma Sato when the Japanese driver got out of shape. Franchitti hit the back of Sato's Foyt car and was launched into the air and along the fence, causing tremendous damage to the Ganassi car and sending several large pieces of debris in the direction of a nearby grandstand.
Team owner Chip Ganassi, who rode to the accident scene on a scooter while safety personnel were extracting Franchitti, reported that his driver appeared to have escaped serious injury.
"He's talking. His ankle is a little sore. His back is a little sore," Ganassi told NBC Sports. "He's going to take a trip to the hospital, but he is OK."
Franchitti was transported to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston, where he was found to have suffered a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, a broken ankle, and a concussion. Some 13 others were treated for injuries due to flying debris (see separate story).
Penske driver Power moved into the lead by jumping Franchitti's teammate Scott Dixon on a restart early in the race (RIGHT), and despite Dixon's best efforts, Power retained his advantage right to the end.
"The restarts are slippery anyway. But I could see he was struggling a little bit, having moments everywhere, and the apex at the corner," said Power. "He had a big moment in [Turn] 3, saw that good run, and I went up the inside of him on 4. From there, it was just a matter of trying to keep him behind.
"I was pushing as hard as I could. He was still staying there. At the end there, when I went full, I was able to pull a little gap. I think I was a tenth or a couple of tenths quicker in the lap. So I was able to get that gap and win the race.
"I was very determined to get him there," Power added. "I thought it was such a good battle yesterday between us and unfortunate we couldn't finish it with the way the yellow was called."
Dixon remained a little unhappy with the way Power passed him, although he gave the winner his due after the race.
"I think Power hit me. He swears he didn't, but he said that before, too,so we'll see what happens in the replays," said the New Zealander. "All in all, it was a good fight between us. We raced hard toward the end, and he was definitely quick today. Congratulations to him. It was good to see him back in Victory Lane and good to see him bounce back from such a long ways on the grid."