Wickens has rod, screws put into spine

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.

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

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 time table on when he’ll be healed. He will undergo more surgeries in the future to his lower extremities and his right forearm.

Robert Wickens was injured during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway

Robert Wickens hitting the catch fence (Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot/nascarfan4888JJ)

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.

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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