By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Robert Wickens is now a former IndyCar driver. He announced on Thursday night via Instagram that he is paralyzed.
Wickens was involved in a scary crash in August at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The crash caused a long delay and he was flown to a hospital in Allentown, Pa.
The 29-year-old Canadian was than moved to a hospital in Indianapolis, where he has been for the past several weeks.
In 14 starts this season, he had completed 1,645 of 1,930 laps. He was on the podium four times, including in his second-to-last race at Mid-Ohio.
At Pocono Raceway in the ABC Supply 500, he finished 19th. However, the concern at that time — and the concern now — is still with Wickens as he recovers from this scary accident.
After being hit on August 19th, his car went airborne and spun several times, before hitting the catch fence. Several days after the crash, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, along with IndyCar, issued a press release that he suffered a spinal cord injury and had a thoracic spinal fracture.
He also suffered a neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures in both legs, according to both legs. He also suffered four broken ribs, a broken right forearm, a broken elbow, fractures to both hands, and a pulmonary contusion.
Besides his Mid-Ohio second-place finish, he also finished second at Phoenix. He also started on the pole at the season-opener at St. Petersburg driving the Lucas Oil car.
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Did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today. My upper body is getting stronger and stronger and hopefully I’ll be able to do it unassisted soon. I’ve only been posting videos of the small movement in my legs, but the reality is I am far away from walking on my own. Some people are a bit confused with the severity of my injury, so I wanted let you know the reality of it. I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life, and I am giving it all I’ve got to spark those nerves in my legs. 💪🏽
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