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Dario Franchitti Retiring from Racing Due to Crash Injuries

Dario Franchitti Retiring from Racing Due to Crash Injuries

Originally posted 11/14/2013 06:30PM

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti says doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries from an IndyCar crash last month.

Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The accident occurred on the last lap, when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

The 40-year-old underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

Franchitti Tweeted a statement on Thursday, calling it "a sad day but I'm eternally grateful."

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Inside Story: Pals Saw Tension Between Ashley Judd, Husband Before Split

Ashley Judd Breakup: Pals Saw Signs of Tension

Originally posted 02/01/2013 04:00PM

In the fast and dangerous sport of IndyCar racing, Dario Franchitti could always take comfort in knowing his biggest fan would be waiting for him at the finish line in her signature floppy hat and movie star smile.

Wife Ashley Judd's devotion was never more public than when Franchitti won his first of three Indianapolis 500s on a rain-soaked day in 2007 as she danced and ran down the raceway to celebrate.

"When he was introduced, or got a good pole position she yelled and waved her hands in the air and was there to support him in a big way," a source at another track, Watkins Glen International raceway in New York, tells PEOPLE. "He is not that outgoing but it seemed cute and like a nice thing for a high-profile actress to be so there for her husband."

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Ashley Judd Splits from Husband Dario Franchitti

Ashley Judd Splits from Husband Dario Franchitti

Originally posted 01/29/2013 08:05PM

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are splitting after more than a decade of marriage.

"We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed," Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 39, tell PEOPLE exclusively in a statement on Tuesday.

After being engaged for about two years, the Missing star and the racecar driver tied the knot in a highly private ceremony in Scotland in 2001.

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Ashley Judd's Dogs Celebrate Dario Franchitti's Indy 500 Victory | Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd's Dogs Celebrate Dario Franchitti's Indy 500 Victory

Originally posted 05/29/2012 02:00PM

After winning this third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Dario Franchitti celebrated with his family – including his dogs.

The Italian champ posed for photos along the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with wife Ashley Judd and their two cockapoos, Buttermilk and Shug, who have also helped dad mark his accomplishment in the past.

But despite being repeat visitors to Indiana's capital, the pups still managed to live it up.

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