IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway stopped after major accident

Rex Christensen
August 20, 2018

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was taken by helicopter for medical treatment following a violent wreck at the start of Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway, where a driver was killed in 2015.

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was just taken to a hospital by helicopter after a horrifying crash he was involved in on the track. which sent him and his vehicle spiraling.

"I was lucky to get out of that one", said Hunter-Reay.

The fence was destroyed and parts from Wickens' auto were scattered over the track.

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Hunter-Reay, fellow Canadian James Hinchcliff, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were among the drivers collected in Sunday's wreck. After a almost two-hour delay, the race resumed without the spate of aggressive driving - Graham Rahal tangled with Spencer Pigot as the field was brought to green - and ended without further incident. All three appeared to avoid serious injuries.

Rossi finished nearly 4.5 seconds clear of Will Power, who was looking to win his third straight race at Pocono and become the first driver to win three straight 500-mile races since Bobby Unser in 1981. "It would be super to have him in one of our cars", Penske said.

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Fittipaldi wasn't involved in the initial collision but was right behind the others in a tight pack and ran head long into smoke and debris. Team owner Dale Coyne said Fittipaldi had a sore ankle and did not believe it was broken again.

"I was in the draft of Power ahead of me". I thought, at that point, I had cleared him.

"I talked to Hinch and Sato, there was so much debris and fluid on the track". That's how I got Veach, a couple of guys. "I lost it. It is what it is".

UPDATE 3 (3:05 p.m. ET): According to a report, James Hinchcliffe has apparently left the racetrack and is headed to the hospital to be with Robert Wickens, his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate and best friend.

"It is just awful, but I am so glad he is awake and alert".

"When we saw the extent of the damage I had a pretty good idea that it wasn't gonna get fixed properly, and it wasn't", he said. "You know he is going to have some injuries but so glad everyone is fine".

Only eight laps had been completed in the 500-mile race before the race was stopped. Alexander Rossi is scored in the lead, followed by Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Zach Veach, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter and Marco Andretti.

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