Driver Robert Wickens was hospitalized and being evaluated for “orthopedic injuries” Sunday night after his car went soaring into the fence at Pocono Raceway in a scary wreck on the seventh lap during the ABC Supply 500.
Wickens injured both legs and broke an arm after the violent crash, which halted the race at Long Pond, Pa. The Verizon IndyCar Series race was red-flagged and did not restart for about two hours after the crash, which occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Curt Cavin, the IndyCar vice president of communications, said Wickens was awake and alert when he was transported by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., for evaluation.
The Canadian driver’s condition will be updated Monday by IndyCar Series officials.
Alexander Rossi won the race, but his thoughts were with Wickens.
“It’s tough to really celebrate after what happened,” Rossi told reporters.
Wickens, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were the drivers involved in the crash. Hunter-Reay and Wickens made the initial contact, and Wickens’ car became airborne. The nose of the car hit the outside wall as the car traveled at full speed. Debris flew across the track, and Wickens’ car damaged the fence.
The extended delay occurred as a crew rebuilt the fence. Wickens’ car also heavily damaged the catch fence.
“I was lucky to get out of that one,” said Hunter-Reay, who was the first driver checked and released from the infield medical center. Sato also was checked and released, as were Fittipaldi and Hinchcliffe later.
Fittipaldi later tweeted, “Thanks to everyone for the messages. Thank god I am fine and walking away from that accident. Praying for you @robertwickens, I hope you’re ok…”
On the initial green flag of the race, Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot collided. Pigot hit an inside wall, and Rahal’s car went to the pits for repairs.