It's the crash the entire sports world is still talking about: Three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti, attempting to make a high-speed pass at Turn 5, instead goes airborne at the Grand Prix of Houston Sunday at Reliant Park.
Franchitti was seriously hurt. Thirteen fans were also injured when the wreckage of his IndyCar rained debris on them.
"It all happened really quickly," said spectator Kyle Utley.
He says he was enjoying his first-ever IndyCar race Sunday when suddenly on the Grand Prix's last lap, Franchitti's car. went flying into the wall wending dangerous debris into the stands and spectators running for cover.
"Me and my friend, we both duck. Next thing you know, something hits me on the head and something cuts me on the neck," Utley said.
He showed us where pieces of carbon fiber from Franchitti's car cut his neck. But he says he was one of the lucky ones.
"There was a guy with blood rushing out of his head. And there was another kid who was just passed out. I didn't know if it was from the excitement or what. It didn't seem appropriate for them to worry about just a few cuts," he said.
Thirteen spectators were injured in the crash. Two of them were hospitalized, along with an IndyCar official and Franchitti himself. As of Monday evening, the former Indy 500 winner was the only person still hospitalized after undergoing surgery to repair a broken ankle. Franchitti also suffered a concussion and broken back.
On Monday, crews began deconstructing the temporary track as IndyCar officials continued their investigation into what caused the protective fence to fly into the stands.
"Well it definitely kept the car from flying into the stands and killing anybody. But it's not good that it came off of its support anyways. It shouldn't have been flying into the stands in the first place," said Utley.
IndyCar officials say Franchitti will remain at Memorial Hermann Hospital for the next few days before heading back to Indianapolis for further evaluation.
The cause of the crash has not been determined.
When asked about the safety of the protective fence, IndyCar officials would only say they are "reviewing the incident."
Through IndyCar's website, Dario Franchitti thanked fans for the well wishes.
Despite the crash, Grand Prix officials said there will be IndyCar racing at Reliant Park again next year.