Pocono IndyCar race resumed after dramatic crash

Robert Wickens lifelined following horrific crash at Pocono

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has been admitted to a hospital in nearby Allentown with what the series called "orthopedic injuries".

Wickens has been transported to Leah High Valley Cedar Crest Hospital via helicopter. The nose of the vehicle hit the outside wall as the auto traveled at full speed.

"Beyond relieved that @robertwickens is awake and alert".

IndyCar's Communications Department announced an update on Wickens' condition around 7:15 p.m. ET, saying the Canadian driver was still being medically evaluated, but there is no additional information.

The race was eventually restarted, with Alexander Rossi dominating, leading 180 of the 200 laps on the way to record his third victory of the season.

Rossi won the incident-filled ABC Supply 500 with Power second as the battle for the 2018 championship tightened. There wasn't another caution the rest of the way, and Rossi closed the gap on Dixon in the points race with a dominant win. It also gave Andretti Autosport a second win at Pocono, the home track for team owner and Pennsylvania native Michael Andretti.

The impact of the wreck tore out about 80 feet of fence, damaged a few posts and stopped the race.

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Repairs on the wall took roughly two hours.

But Bourdais, who said the repairs were "pretty lousy", raised his concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence before he got back in the vehicle. "He is OK as far as that goes", said Power.

The red flag came out as crews tend to Wickens and fix fencing between turns 2 and 3.

Wickens was taken by helicopter for medical treatment following the first-lap accident.

The 29-year-old from Guelph, Ont., was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched.

"I was lucky to get out of that one", said Hunter-Reay. Once Wickens' auto soared over Hunter-Reay's and hit the fence, it spun around like a top.

A concerned Scott Dixon described the IndyCar crash that happened in front of him as "horrible". Wickens' auto also heavily damaged the catch fence.

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The four other drivers were checked at the race track's medical centre and cleared to continue.

Wickens is suffering from injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine, IndyCar officials reported.

"Robert Wickens is awake and alert".

It took safety crews about 12 minutes to extricate Wickens from his damaged vehicle. The impact of the wreck tore out a large section of fencing that needed nearly two hours to fix. IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was killed at Pocono in 2015 when he was struck in the head by debris from a auto that crashed ahead of him.

Robert Wickens was hospitalised after this.

Wickens landed back on the race track, wheels up.

Hinchcliffe, of Oakville, Ont., seemed to be in pain, grabbing his wrists as he slowly left his auto. "But he knows running a race team, it's not easy just to put out a vehicle". Graham Rahal got into the back of Spencer Pigot before the race even got to green. Pigot spun out and hit the wall.

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