IndyCar driver Robert Wickens involved in scary crash at Pocono

Lynette Rowe
August 20, 2018

Driver Robert Wickens was taken to a local hospital by helicopter and racing was stopped after a violent crash on the ninth lap in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

The IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway is underway.

For the second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race, Alexander Rossi put together a dominantly triumphant performance.

The IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway remains on hold following a crash that sent driver Robert Wickens to the hospital.

The race was delayed almost two hours and only eight laps in the 500-mile race had been completed because of Wickens' crash and another accident right before green.

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.

Alexander Rossi was as anxious as the rest of the IndyCar field when a violent wreck shot Robert Wickens' vehicle airborne, ripped up the catchfence and left the tub of the rookie's Honda toppled on the asphalt.

What happened was Wickens sparked the accident when he clipped the back of the vehicle driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay, sending it sideways.

Two other drivers, Pietro Fittipaldi and James Hinchcliffe, underwent X-rays at the infield care centre following the crash. "The start can be debated for years, but doesn't matter right now, focus on the well being of our friends and competitors", Graham Rahal tweeted. "Great on pit stops, strategy, gave us the tools we needed to get it done today". I was pretty shocked I got hit in the back.

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Dixon finished third and his points lead over Rossi dipped to just 29 points, as neither driver can afford much of a slip up in the title hunt.

The race was red flagged and drivers were allowed out of their cars. Once we got to (Turn) 2, he was at my (left rear) corner at best. "At least he is alive", said French driver Sebastien Bourdais.

IndyCar said Sunday evening that Wickens had suffered "orthopedic injuries" in the crash.

"It's tough to really celebrate after what happened", Rossi said. It also gave Andretti Autosport a second win at Pocono, the home track for team owner and Pennsylvania native Michael Andretti.

Dixon starts an unfavorable 13th. Obviously, we took a bit of a hit there with Rossi (winning).

Scott Dixon leads the championship standings as he chases his fifth IndyCar championship.

Fittipaldi appeared uninjured, as did Hunter-Reay and Sato.

"I just want to prove I belong here, not so much to other people, but to myself".

It surely won't be next week at Gateway Motorsports Park or the rest of this season.

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