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Franchitti planning to keep his hands on racing

December 19th, 2013 1:54 pm by MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer

Franchitti planning to keep his hands on racing

Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, answers a question during his first public appearance since a crash ended his IndyCar career during a press conference in Indianapolis, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dario Franchitti is beginning to feel better and that the effects of a lingering concussion have improved dramatically over the last three weeks.

He's still not going to race.

On Thursday, more than after a month announcing his retirement, the four-time IndyCar Series champion finally felt well enough to take questions at Ganassi's race shop in Indianapolis.

Doctors instructed the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner to retire because of injuries Franchitti sustained in a frightening October crash in Houston. Franchitti said that after hearing the advice, he spent two days trying to figure out whether he could make a comeback before deciding it was too risky.

Franchitti isn't going far. He plans to help Ganassi's four-car team in a still undefined capacity.

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