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Robert Wickens has rods, screws put into spine

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, IndyCar driver Robert Wickens, who was involved in a scary crash at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, had surgery on his spine on Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The surgery was to stabilize “a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury.”

Wickens was airlifted from the track on Sunday after the crash. The incident started when Ryan Hunter-Reay hit the Canadian, who went flying into the catch fence.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens during driver introductions before the IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500
Robert Wickens during driver introductions before the IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

As Wickens was flying overhead out of control, he almost hit Hunter-Reay in the head.

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Wickens had titanium rods and screws placed into his spine. The team said it was a successful surgery.

This injury has likely ended his season. However, there is no official timetable for when he’ll be healed. He will undergo more surgeries in the future on his lower extremities and his right forearm.

He remains in stable condition.

The 29-year-old has made 14 starts in the series this season and has led 187 laps. He has completed 1,645 of the 1,930 laps.

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All three times that Wickens has not completed a race this season has been from a crash. After starting on the pole in St. Petersburg, he crashed on Lap 108.

He then crashed on 171 at Fort Worth and finished 19th. Wickens also finished 19th on Sunday after being involved in the multi-car crash.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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