Robert Wickens' Car Flies into Fence During Crash; Helicoptered to Hospital

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 19, 2018

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 08:  Robert Wickens, driver of the #6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda, stands on the grid following practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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IndyCar driver Robert Wickens had to be taken to a hospital by helicopter after a crash during Sunday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports provided an update on Wickens later in the evening:

"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 will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest."

Per NBC Sports' Jerry Bonkowski, Wickens and Ryan Hunter-Reay touched wheels coming out of a turn, and Wickens' car went up the fence and spun around in midair against the wall.

James Hinchcliffe collided with Wickens' car after it settled on the ground. Safety crews got Wickens out of his vehicle before moving him to the paddock area, where he was helicoptered to a local hospital.

Per ESPN.com, drivers were allowed to get out of their cars and the race was delayed as workers cleared debris from the track and repaired the fence.

"I'm OK; just thinking about Robert," Hunter-Reay said, per Bonkowski. "It's unfortunate, but I just hope Robert is OK. I started pulling ahead, and once we got to [Turn] 2...I thought I had got past him."

Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi were also involved in the accident, though Bonkowski noted they appeared to be uninjured along with Hunter-Reay. Hinchcliffe appeared to be favoring his wrists while "walking gingerly to a safety vehicle."

Wickens, 29, is in his first season on the IndyCar circuit. He entered Sunday ranked sixth in the standings with 380 points.