IndyCar's Robert Wickens hospitalized with orthopedic injuries after Pocono Raceway crash

IndyCar’s Robert Wickens hospitalized with orthopedic injuries after Pocono Raceway crash

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was hospitalized and is being handled for injuries to his decrease extremities, proper arm and backbone after his automotive went hovering into the fence at Pocono Raceway in a scary wreck on the seventh lap Sunday afternoon.

IndyCar stated Wickens additionally suffered a pulmonary contusion. Wickens may have an MRI and can doubtless endure surgical procedure at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, based on the sanctioning physique.

The Canadian driver was trying to go Ryan Hunter-Reay when the 2 automobiles barely touched. That triggered Hunter-Reay’s automotive to careen into the wall, and Wickens’ automotive was pulled alongside for the experience. Once Wickens’ automotive soared over Hunter-Reay’s and hit the fence, it spun round like a high. The fencing was shredded, and Wickens’ automotive was decreased to simply the bathtub, which got here to a relaxation on the monitor alongside an inside wall.

Medical staff attended to Wickens, who was awake and alert, earlier than transporting him to the hospital through helicopter.

“That’s the worst thing you can see. He’s hurt. He’s awake and alert, and at least he’s alive,” driver Sebastien Bourdais stated.

Only eight laps had been accomplished within the 500-mile race earlier than the race was stopped. It was resumed after a delay of almost two hours whereas staff repaired a piece of fencing that was broken by Wickens’ automotive.

Alexander Rossi won the race, however his ideas have been with Wickens.

“It’s tough to really celebrate after what happened,” Rossi stated.

James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi have been additionally concerned within the wreck.

Hinchcliffe appeared to be in ache, grabbing his wrists as he slowly left his automotive. He was cleared from the medical heart however declined to debate the crash out of respect for Wickens, his teammate at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Fittipaldi, who broke each of his legs in a May crash whereas driving in a World Endurance Championship occasion, tweeted that he was grateful to stroll away from the crash.

The race was crimson flagged, and drivers have been allowed out of their automobiles whereas the fencing was repaired.

Pocono Raceway president Ben May stated about 80 toes of fence and some posts have been broken within the wreck, saying, “It may not be the prettiest job, but it’s going to be safe.”

But Bourdais, who stated the repairs have been “pretty lousy” raised his considerations in regards to the high quality of the repairs and situation of the fence earlier than he bought again within the automotive.

Graham Rahal additionally addressed the crash in a tweet in the course of the delay.

It was the second crash of the race, as Rahal wrecked Spencer Pigot whereas the inexperienced flag flew on Lap 1. Rahal was hit with a drive-through penalty on the restart for avoidable contact.

Wickens had reeled off 5 straight top-five finishes coming into Pocono and matched a career-best end of second within the earlier race at Mid-Ohio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.