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.
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
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
🇺🇸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
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