IndyCar Driver Suffers Multiple Broken Bones In Sickening Crash

Robert Wickens lifelined following horrific crash at Pocono

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver 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's hurt. He's awake and alert and at least he's alive", driver Sebastien Bourdais said.

A look at the aftermath of a crash at the IndyCar race at the Pocono Raceway on Sun., Aug. 19, 2018.

The 23-year-old Andretti Autosport rookie was more mindful of the big picture in his first full-time Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Track workers fix the catch fence following an accident involving Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens (not pictured) and driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (not pictured) during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

In 2015, Justin Wilson died from a head injury when a piece of debris from a crashed vehicle bounced off the track at Pocono and hit his helmet.

Power finished second, with championship leader Scott Dixon third.

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was just taken to a hospital by helicopter after a horrifying crash he was involved in on the track. which sent him and his vehicle spiraling.

"He had a run out of Turn 1", Hunter-Reay said of Wickens, "came up along the side of me, but I was in the draft of Power in front of me, so I started pulling ahead".

Only eight laps had been completed in the 500-mile race before the race was stopped.

Curt Cavin, the IndyCar vice president of communications, said Wickens was awake and alert when he was transported by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., for evaluation.

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Two other drivers, Pietro Fittipaldi and James Hinchcliffe, underwent X-rays at the infield care centre following the crash.

The Pocono staff needed about two hours to fix the track and make it safe for the rest of the race.

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 vehicle.

In 2015 at Pocono, Justin Wilson died from a head injury when a piece of debris from a crashed vehicle bounced off the track and hit his helmet.

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

Graham Rahal also addressed the crash in a tweet during the delay.

Rahal started 18th and got into the back of Pigot before the race even got to green.

Pocono is one of the fastest tracks on the IndyCar calendar.

Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes entering Pocono and matched a career-best finish of second in the previous race at Mid-Ohio.

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