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Pit crew member mowed down by Indy car during race

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Pit crew member Todd Phillips escaped with six stitches in his leg after being run over by Francesco Dracone’s car during an IndyCar race on Sunday.

The accident took place during the inaugural IndyCar Grand Prix in Louisiana, when Dracone's car spun out of control and his back tyre flipped Phillips into the air.

Dale Coyle racing tyre changer, Phillips, posted on Facebook following the accident:

"I guess the cat is out of the bag. I can't tell you how lucky I am to walk away with only 6 stitches!"

Lewis Hamilton's plans to build 'museum' for his trophies

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he is considering building a museum to house his huge collection of trophies.

“I have been thinking to build a museum. It was my dad’s idea. It would be cool to have somewhere – in Stevenage or London, I don’t know – where we could have one of the cars from every year that I have driven and have the trophies up so that people can see them”

“Or I am going to have to build a house big enough because I have hundreds of trophies – I must have at least 500,” the 2008 world champion told the Guardian.

Lewis Hamilton could soon open a museum - to himself Credit: HOCH ZWEI/DPA/Press Association Images

Ahead of Sunday’s opening Formula one race, the 28-year-old also revealed he is excited to welcome “new member of the family” to his team - his new bulldog, Roscoe.

2013 is dawning as a year of change with a new team and a new dog, and a £20m private jet to help the 28-year-old get around the world.

The Mercedes driver said, “having the plane gives you a lot of time back in your life."

Dettori 'ashamed and embarrassed' by failed drugs test

Jockey Frankie Dettori says he is "ashamed and embarrassed" after failing a drugs test. Credit: PA Wire

Frankie Dettori fears he may never repair the damage done to his reputation by a failed drugs test which has seen him handed a six-month ban.

The jockey told the Daily Star: "I'm ashamed and embarrassed. It was one night of madness with friends.

"I dropped my guard when I was at my weakest. I was in a dark place. I was very low, my job was going down the drain.

"When I woke up the next morning I regretted it but it was already too late. I will regret it for the rest of my life."

He added: "People will always remember it. Now when they look at me they won't think of the things I have done for racing in the past 20 years, they'll just think, 'He's the guy who got caught with drugs'."

Frankie Dettori 'ashamed and embarrassed' over drugs ban

Frankie Dettori has been banned for six months Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

He said: "It was one night of madness with friends. I dropped my guard at a moment when I was at my weakest."


Frankie Dettori could be back in saddle by May 19

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori's six-month ban will be counted from 20 November because he been prevented from racing since that date, French authorities said.

It means he could be back in the saddle as early as 19 May 2013.

The statement from the French racing authority, France Galop, said:

They [France Galop stewards] decided to take into account his temporary incapacity to ride in races in France due to medical reasons, as of November 20, 2012, pursuant to the statement made by the Medical Committee.

– France Galop statement

Dettori 'determined to rebuild his reputation'

Frankie Dettori's lawyer said he was "determined to rebuild his reputation" after receiving a six-month worldwide racing ban after testing positive for a prohibited substance. His lawyer said the champion jockey took full responsibility for his actions, and was determined to return to the saddle:

Racing has been good to Frankie and he knows that his privileged position brings with it responsibility. For this reason he is determined to rebuild his reputation when he returns to the saddle.

He is clear, however, that the responsibility for his current situation lies squarely with him. From the start of France Galop's inquiry he has acknowledged to them he has made a mistake and that the fault was his.

Finally, he has asked me to thank everyone for the many messages of support he and his family have received.

Detorri 'fully accepts' six-month suspension

Frankie Dettori tested positive for a banned substance in September. Credit: Press Association

Three-times British champion jockey Frankie Dettori has been suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance during a routine examination at Longchamp in September this year. His lawyer Christopher Stewart-Moore said he "fully accepts" the decision:

"I have spoken to Frankie since the announcement was made and he has told me he fully accepts France Galop's decision. He also accepts that he has let down the sport he loves and all those associated with it, as well as the wider public."

"But most of all, and this is his greatest regret, he has let down his wife and children."