Canadian driver Robert Wickens has reportedly suffered broken legs, a broken right arm, a spinal injury and a bruised lung following a terrifying crash in the IndyCar race at the high-speed Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
The 23-year-old Andretti Autosport rookie was more mindful of the big picture in his first full-time Verizon IndyCar Series season.
A concerned Scott Dixon described the IndyCar crash that happened in front of him as "horrible".
The IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway has resumed after a two-hour delay following a crash that sent driver Robert Wickens to the hospital. The contact caused Hunter-Reay to go into the wall, while Wickens' vehicle went airborne and slammed into the wall before spinning out on the track. Staff needed about two hours to fix the track and make it safe for the rest of the race.
What happened was Wickens sparked the accident when he clipped the back of the auto driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay, sending it sideways. Several other drivers were checked and cleared at the infield medical center: "Pietro Fittipaldi, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato". 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.
"We did OK today on points but obviously took a big hit with Rossi". "You've got to compartmentalize", Rossi said.
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.
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The top 10 drivers remain mathematically alive for the championship heading to the next race, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 in Madison, Illinois next weekend. Hinchcliffe, runner-up on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" in 2017, helped lure Wickens to IndyCar and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this season after a successful career in Europe. He also won on the streets of Long Beach in April and the Mid-Ohio road course three weeks ago.
IndyCar officials reported that Wickens was awake and alert, but no further details of his condition were released. "If we put a vehicle out for Stewart, it's got to be the best in the field".
It was the second crash of the race, as Rahal wrecked Spencer Pigot while the green flag flew on Lap 1. There's a championship to race for and Dixon has a fifth title in sight.
"It was very tough", Dixon said.
"We've been a bit blah".
"Praying for @robertwickens & the rest of the drivers involved at Pocono", Stefan Wilson tweeted.
He not only has to hold off Rossi, but former series champions Josef Newgarden and Power aren't out of contention yet.