IndyCar racer Robert Wickens' frightening crash halts Pocono race

IndyCar racer Robert Wickens' frightening crash halts Pocono race

Robert Wickens was part of a violent and terrifying crash during the IndyCar Series race at Pocono on Sunday. IndyCar said the Canadian sustained a pulmonary contusion and will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown.

The race was red flagged and drivers were allowed out of their cars.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Wickens was challenging Ryan Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport Dallara-Honda for fourth place through Turn 2 when his right-front wheel made contact with the left-rear of the Andretti machine.

Wickens' auto went airborne, tumbling over Hunter-Reay's vehicle and soared over the wall and into the catchfence outlining the track before crashing back to the ground, causing all kids of debris to spread across the track.

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.

Hunter-Reay and three other drivers involved in the incident - James Hinchliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi - were released from the medical center. Hinchcliffe was caught up in the wreck and held his wrists as he slowly left the vehicle. Hinchcliffe would have bled to death if not for the medical team holding the artery together as it raced him from the track directly to a hospital. There wasn't another caution the rest of the way, and Rossi closed the gap on Dixon in the points race with a dominant win. 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.

Pocono Raceway president Ben May said about 80 feet of fence and a few posts were damaged in the wreck, saying "It may not be the prettiest job, but it's going to be safe".

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"That's the worst thing you can see".

The wreck renewed memories of a fatal crash at Pocono Raceway back in 2015. IndyCar said he was alert and awake after the crash.

"We'll enjoy this one, but dark cloud (today)", Rossi said.

Will Power, who won the last two Pocono races, was second, and Dixon finished third. 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. Rossi, Newgarden and Power all have Dixon in sight with four races left in the IndyCar season.

"When I did that, with the debris, I lost the auto and hit him sideways".

Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and is sixth in the standings. There's a championship to race for and Dixon has a fifth title in sight.

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