IndyCar's Robert Wickens hospitalized with orthopedic injuries after Pocono Raceway crash

Rain wipes out final Indy Car practice Image by IMS

Rain wipes out final Indy Car practice Image by IMS

Canadian racing driver Robert Wickens was involved in a brutal crash while contesting the seventh lap of IndyCar's 500-mile race at Pocono Speedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

There are three races left in the season.

"We had the best auto today", said Rossi, who, in 2016, became the first American rookie to win the Indianapolis 500 since 1928.

Curt Cavin, the vice president of communications for IndyCar, offered that update on Wickens's condition and said that Wickens had been taken by helicopter to Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pa. "If we put a vehicle out for Stewart, it's got to be the best in the field".

Dixon, who had only qualified 13th, had to weave his way through the debris.

"Somewhat of a frustrating day", Dixon said. The start was frightful. It looks like two cars touched and caused a chain reaction. "Praying for you @robertwickens, I hope you're ok".

James Hinchcliff was caught up in the wreck and held his wrists as he slowly left the auto.

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Race organisers eased some concerns about his health after the incident.

The win by Rossi, however, took second status to a horrific crash during Lap 7 that sent driver Robert Wickens to the hospital. "He has been transported by helicopter to hospital", they said.

Track workers fix the catch fence following an accident involving Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens (not pictured) and driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (not pictured) during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Wickens was admitted with orthopedic injuries.

Sato and Hunter-Reay were quickly released from the medical centre, while Hinchcliffe and Fittipaldi are undergoing checks.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and others shared some insight into what happened out there on the track. The race is expected to restart in the next 5-10 minutes, according to IndyCar Race Control. Takuma Sato, Pietro Fittipaldi, and James Hinchcliffe also took heavy damage to their cars in the chain reaction. Hinchcliffe appeared to be in pain and was seen grabbing his wrists as he slowly left his vehicle, but later left the medical tent and told NBCSN that he was on his way to visit Wickens in the hospital.

For Rossi, his thoughts were with Wickens. "So, I started pulling ahead", said Hunter-Reay. Team Penske's Josef Newgarden, the reigning series champion who finished the race in fifth place, has 464 points. The heavy impact and extensive damage brought out the red flag. Will Power, his only real challenger, faced some challenges going into his final pit stop, reported the Indy Star, which lead to an easy win for Rossi.

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