Guelph IndyCar driver suffers "orthopedic injuries" in racetrack crash

Robert Wickens lifelined following horrific crash at Pocono

The ABC Supply 500 IndyCar race drew quite the crowd at the track near Long Pond.

The race was red flagged, and drivers were allowed out of their cars while the fencing was repaired. Hunter-Reay and Wickens made the initial contact, and Wickens' vehicle became airborne.

Wickens launched over Hunter-Reay's auto and sailed into the catchfence, where the main body of his IndyCar spun several times before landing back onto the track in pieces.

Wickens was alert and awake after being airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., for further evaluation.

Drivers James Hinchcliffe, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were also involved in the wreck.

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

"We he had a run out of turn 1, Robert came up along the side of me, but I was in the draft of (Will) Power in front of me, so I started pulling ahead". Hinchcliff was cleared and released from the medical center.

After the almost two-hour stoppage in the race, the contest resumed when the green flag waved on lap 12 with Alexander Rossi in the lead. "I love it. It's in our blood", said Bell. Fittipaldi, who already has a left-leg fracture from a sports auto crash in Belgium in May, complained of foot pain, but was able to be released without further injury.

Fittipaldi was checked for an ankle injury.

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Veach's promising race was hindered when he lost his wing adjustment mechanism, facing the team to revert to old-style (and slower) "speed handles" on pit stops, but the Andretti Autosport rookie brought home a sixth-place finish. "Just a awful exchange altogether. Hopefully we'll see him back in the vehicle soon".

Rossi finished nearly 4.5 seconds clear of Will Power, who was looking to win his third straight race at Pocono and become the first driver to win three straight 500-mile races since Bobby Unser in 1981.

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

Alexander Rossi won the race, but his thoughts were with Wickens.

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

Rossi's deficit to point leader Dixon has been cut by 41 in the past two races; he's just 29 back.

Fellow drivers said Wickens was lucky to be alive.

"The first thing I asked was if he was okay", Rossi said when he came around the track and saw the damage and debris. You don't want to see that happen to anyone.



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