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Robert Wickens airlifted to hospital after violent IndyCar crash at Pocono

Robert Wickens airlifted to hospital after violent IndyCar crash at Pocono

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The IndyCar Series race Sunday at Pocono Raceway was red flagged on the ninth lap after a violent crash in Turn 2.

Robert Wickens, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were involved in the crash, in which the cars of Hunter-Reay and Wickens initially made contact.

Wickens’ car then became airborne and the nose hit the outside wall at full speed. Wickens’ car also heavily damaged the catch fence.

“I was lucky to get out of that one,” said Hunter-Reay, who believed he had cleared Wickens’ car and had given him enough room on the track before the contact.

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Wickens was awake and alert as he was transported to an area hospital, according to IndyCar communications chief Curt Cavin.

Fittipaldi and Hinchcliffe were released from the infield medical center about one-half hour after the crash.

As he left the medical center, Hinchcliffe told NBC Sports he was going to visit Wickens.

Hunter-Reay and Sato were released from the infield medical center shortly after the crash.

The race resumed after about two hours for catch fence repair. 

Wickens, an IndyCar rookie but an experienced international driver, stood sixth in series points coming into Sunday’s race. The Canadian had one pole position and seven top-five finishes in 13 races. He finished ninth in the Indianapolis 500.

On the initial green flag, Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot collided, sending Pigot into an inside wall and Rahal to the pits for repairs.

Update on the IndyCar race at Pocono: still under Red Flag conditions for catchfence repairs on Lap 9, after a big crash for Robert Wickens. News is that the Schmidt-Peterson driver is awake and alert and has been transported to hospital. #IndyCar#ABCSupply500pic.twitter.com/gVQmbyNOQ5

— Vincent Bruins (@VincentJBruins) August 19, 2018

WOW! Wickens gets up in the air. #IndyCar#RedFlagpic.twitter.com/igIPBMl9ed

— Clark Wade (@ClarkWade34) August 19, 2018

Official IndyCar statement on injuries to Wickens and other IndyCar drivers pic.twitter.com/X4CF8TOnAT

— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) August 19, 2018

RHR doing OK, and just hoping Wickens is OK, too. pic.twitter.com/fDbcoohDlA

— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) August 19, 2018

Sato’s perspective on what happened. He says he’s OK. Also worried about Wickens pic.twitter.com/UCrY5q5IW5

— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) August 19, 2018

We can only hope one thing, that Robbie, Hinch and everyone involved is ok. These are the dangers we face, but we always hate to see it. The start can be debated for years, but doesn’t matter right now, focus on the well being of our friends and competitors.

— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) August 19, 2018

Preying for @robertwickens & the rest of the drivers involved at Pocono 🙏

— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 19, 2018

Scary crash. Praying @robertwickens is ok 🙏🏻

— Gabby Chaves (@GabbyChaves) August 19, 2018

That was a big one 💔 Hoping @robertwickens is okay! Awful to see that happen to anyone, let alone a teammate!

— Jack Harvey (@jack_harvey42) August 19, 2018

Hate to see an @indycar get into the fence, praying @robertwickens and the others involved are okay.

— Kyle Kaiser (@KyleKRacing) August 19, 2018

Hate this feeling. Waiting for information. 🤞

— Townsend Bell (@townsendbell) August 19, 2018

Missed the first part of this where Dale says Pietro (still sore from last injury) did not re-break anything. Car is wrecked but Coyne says he still expects Pietro in car next week. Kid is tough as nails. pic.twitter.com/YnbXcCmMGx

— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) August 19, 2018

Thoughts with our boy @robertwickens right now 🙏

— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) August 19, 2018

Beyond relieved that @robertwickens is awake and alert. wishing all the best to him and @Hinchtown

It’s at moments like this that the amazing AMR @IndyCar safety team come into their own.

— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) August 19, 2018

🇺🇸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… 🙏🏼🇧🇷 Obrigados a todos pelas mensagens. Graças a Deus eu estou bem e nada aconteceu comigo. Rezando pelo Rob… 🙏🏼 @IndyCar

— Pietro Fittipaldi (@PiFitti) August 19, 2018

Robert Wickens was as kind as any driver I’ve ever spoken to during the Month of May. Knot in my stomach after just hearing about the wreck.

— James Howell Jr. (@jrhowell92) August 19, 2018

That Wickens crash is one of the most horrifying I’ve seen in IndyCar in a long time. As safe as they’ve made the sport, you’re still moving with other machines at 230 mph https://t.co/ouFr9qCbQV

— Bob Cook (@notgoingpro) August 19, 2018

That was horrifying

— Rob Peeters (@Rpeeters33) August 19, 2018

HOLY CRAP! Hope Robert Wickens is OK. That was nuts.

— Matt Glenesk (@MattGlenesk) August 19, 2018

The fence is shredded from the impact and, even worse, there’s way too many people working around Wickens car for this to feel good right now. Hope he is OK.

— Corey Elliot (@CoreyElliot) August 19, 2018

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