Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens suffers ‘orthopedic injuries’ in crash at Pocono

20 August, 2018, 19:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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IndyCar said Wickens also suffered a pulmonary contusion.

"Part of the issue is we have five drivers in here in the aftermath of that crash", IndyCar Vice President of Communications Curt Cavin said.

Wickens' accident was eerily similar to the crash that claimed the life of British driver Dan Wheldon in 2011.

The 29-year-old was alert when medical workers attended to him before transporting him to the hospital in a helicopter.

The light impact was enough to push Hunter-Reay into a spin and hard into the wall, while Wickens's vehicle launched over Hunter-Reay's machine and spun viciously along the top of the SAFER barrier, tearing up the catchfence and leaving parts of sidepod and a wheel in the fence as it went.

Pocono Raceway president Ben May said about 80 feet (24.4m) of fence and a few posts were damaged in the wreck, repairs Bourdais described as "pretty lousy" before he got back in the auto. There wasn't another caution the rest of the way, and Rossi closed the gap on Dixon in the points race with a dominant win.

Wickens was on the inside of Ryan Hunter-Reay as the two entered turn 2 in the early laps of the race.

Hunter-Reay said he thought Wickens was no longer alongside him when they entered the corner. After a almost two-hour delay, the race resumed without another spate of aggressive driving - Graham Rahal tangled with Spencer Pigot as the field was brought to green - and ended without another caution.

Wickens was flown by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where IndyCar said he is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following the crash.

James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi were also involved in the crash and multiple drivers were injured.

The race was stopped - and IndyCar came together.

It's the same track where Justin Wilson died in 2015 after being hit in the helmet by a piece of debris from a crashed auto.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe - apparently in pain - Fittipaldi and Sato all emerged from their cars unaided.

Robert Wickens went soaring into the fence at Pocono Raceway in a scary wreck that brought the IndyCar race to a halt.

Bourdais, who finished fourth, raised concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence and did not want to get back in the auto.

Hinchcliffe is a team teammate of Wickens on the all-Canadian team.

On the initial green flag of the race, Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot collided.

Rahal got a penalty for avoidable contact and the first six laps were run under caution.

The IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway is underway.

Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and matched a career-best second in the last race at Mid-Ohio.



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