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Ashley Judd supports Dario Franchitti after retirement shocker

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Are they back together or what?

Dario Franchitti is being forced to retire from racing after a horrific crash left him brutally injured, but at least he has the support of his ex Ashley Judd to keep him warm.

Dario Franchitti

Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti is being forced to retire after a terrifying crash left him with devastating injuries — but at least he has the support of his ex Ashley Judd to comfort him.

Franchitti hit the catch fence at a race in October, leaving him with a fractured spine, a shattered ankle and a concussion. Judd quickly rushed to his side, leaving many to speculate that the couple was on the verge of reconciliation after separating earlier in the year.

The racing champ announced his retirement with a statement on his web page.

"Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority. I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I'd also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support," he wrote.

"One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing. They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop."

"Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it's really tough to think that the driving side is now over. I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship."

"Hopefully in time, I'll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series. I love open-wheel racing and I want to see it succeed. I'll be working with Chip to see how I can stay involved with the team, and with all the amazing friends I've made over the years at Target."

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Judd quickly tweeted her support of his decision.

But neither is giving up the info we really want to know: Are they back together or what? Back in October, sources said the two were giving love another shot, but both sides have remained mum. Franchitti reportedly returned to Scotland to recover from his injuries while Judd has been filming in the U.S.

Image courtesy Jeff Daly / WENN.com
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