Photos: Dario Franchitti in action

Photos: Dario Franchitti in action

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - APRIL 05: Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Banana Boat Honda walks in pit lane prior to practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 5, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 6:35 PM

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion reluctantly and abruptly retired Thursday, saying doctors told him it would be too dangerous for him to keep racing because of injuries sustained in a harrowing crash last month.

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"Racing has been my life for over 30 years, and it’s really tough to think that the driving side is now over," Franchitti said.

Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 race at Houston, where his car made contact with Takuma Sato’s car on the last lap and sailed into a fence. Debris from the accident injured 13 fans in the grandstands and one IndyCar official.

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