Wickens injured in IndyCar crash at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. – Robert Wickens of Guelph was injured Sunday during a crash in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Late Sunday Wickens’ team, Schmidt Peterson Racing, tweeted that “Robert Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an incident in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. He also sustained a pulmonary contusion. He will undergo an MRI and probably surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.”

Wickens’ car became airborne after he and Ryan Hunter-Reay touched wheels on the first racing lap of the race, Wickens’ right front tire making contact with the left rear tire of Hunter-Reay’s car. Wickens’ car was sent spinning and started shedding parts after it was launched off Hunter-Reay’s car and made contact with the fencing above the cement wall that circles the track.

The race was immediately red-flagged after the accident so medical staff could attend to Wickens, the track could be clean of debris and the fencing repaired. Wickens was said to be awake and alert and was originally taken to the infield medical care centre before being transferred by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.

Several other drivers were involved in the crash including Wickens’ Schmidt Peterson teammate and long-time friend James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi. Hunter-Reay and the other three were cleared and released after being taken to the infield medical care centre and Hinchcliffe left the track to go to the track and be with Wickens.

The accident happened on the sixth lap of the race as the first five laps were run under yellow after the cars of Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot made contact on the run to the original intended start.

There were no incidents in the remainder of the race after it was restarted almost two hours after the Wickens/Hunter-Reay crash.

Alexander Rossi won the 200-lap race in an average speed of 191.304 mph. Will Power was second, 4.4982 seconds behind, while Scott Dixon was third and Sebastien Bourdais fourth. They were the only drivers to complete the entire race distance.

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