Canadian driver Robert Wickens undergoes spinal cord surgery after IndyCar crash

Canadian driver Robert Wickens undergoes spinal cord surgery after IndyCar crash

The outspoken former IndyCar star made the comment on Instagram on Monday - the day after fellow Canadian Robert Wickens was involved in a horrific crash at Pocono Raceway - to get out his thoughts on track safety. Wickens suffered two broken legs, as well as injuries to his spine, lungs, and right arm.

Wickens' auto sailed into the fence at Pocono when he and Ryan Hunter-Reay made slight contact.

Medical workers attended to Wickens, who was awake and alert, before transporting him to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest via helicopter.

Wickens was airlifted from the Pocono race track following the crash in the opening laps of Sunday's race.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

"Sorry for the rant, I'm just thinking out Loud".

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports later said it would not field the No. 6, the vehicle Wickens' drives, at this weekend's race in St. Louis. After a almost two-hour delay, the race resumed without another spate of aggressive driving - Graham Rahal tangled with Spencer Pigot as the field was brought to green - and ended without another caution.

"We'll enjoy this one, but dark cloud (today)", Rossi said.

Wickens has been the top rookie in IndyCar Series this season having finished on four podiums and captured the pole position in his first qualifying session at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March.

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"I know he is in good hands".

Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were among the drivers collected in Sunday's wreck.

"That's the worst thing you can see".

Bourdais, who finished fourth, raised concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence and did not want to get back in the vehicle.

Hinchcliffe went to the hospital to visit his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate.

Wickens' crash occurred three years after British driver Justin Wilson died in an accident at Pocono in 2015. Bourdais raised concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence before he got back in the vehicle.

Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and matched a career-best second in the last race at Mid-Ohio. Quick action by the medical team to hold the artery together as it moved Hinchcliffe from the track to the hospital prevented the Canadian from bleeding to death.

The previous season, Hinchcliffe suffered a concussion at Indianapolis after being hit by debris on the road course.

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