Franchitti undergoes successful second surgery on fractured ankle

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An update issued this afternoon from Target Chip Ganassi Racing reports that three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti underwent surgery earlier today to repair the talus bone in his fractured right ankle. The procedure lasted a little over three hours.

“Dr. Tim Weber repaired Dario’s ankle and his surgery went perfectly and just as planned,” said IndyCar orthopedic consultant Dr. Terry Trammell in a statement. “His post-operation X-rays looked great.  Everything is positive at this point as Dario continues his recovery.”

The ankle injury was one of several injuries Franchitti sustained in a last-lap accident during Race 2 of the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Oct. 6. He also suffered a concussion and two fractured vertebrae in his back.

Last Thursday, Franchitti was released from a Houston hospital to head back to Indianapolis for further treatment; he had received a first surgery to stabilize the ankle while recuperating in Texas.

Alex Tagliani has been chosen by TCGR to replace Franchitti in the No. 10 Honda for Saturday’s season-ending MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”