IndyCar driver Robert Wickens involved in scary crash at Pocono

Dean Simpson
August 20, 2018

Alexander Rossi won the race, but his thoughts were with Wickens. "Further updates on his condition will be provided when available".

Veach's two-lap qualifying run on Saturday was an impressive 217.587 mph, a couple hours after he led morning practice at 217.393.

IndyCar drivers were more concerned with his health and future than what the race meant to the championship picture.

Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion, ended Will Power's bid to win three straight Pocono races. The race is expected to restart in the next 5-10 minutes, according to IndyCar Race Control.

Multiple drivers visited the infield care center. Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot tangled as the field was coming to the green flag start of the race. Pigot's No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Vodka careened into the inside wall between pit lane and the track to bring out the yellow flag. Australia's Will Power claimed pole for the race, clocking a lap with an average speed of over 350 km/h. "You've got to compartmentalize", Rossi said.

Track workers fix the catch fence following an accident involving Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens (not pictured) and driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (not pictured) during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. That caused Hunter-Reay's auto to careen into the wall and Wickens' vehicle was pulled along for the ride.

"We've just got to keep improving", Veach said.

"I even gave room". I left a lane. That is neither here nor there right now. "It's all very, very unfortunate". IndyCar said he was alert and awake after the crash.

Hunter-Reay was also among those treated for injuries after a crash that also swept up Pietro Fittipaldi, James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato.

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital. "They have such a legacy in the sport, to be able to add to that in a very small way is a huge honor of mine".

"I'm more about how we end up the last four races", Veach said.

Dixon starts an unfavorable 13th.

"We've been a bit blah".

"The race was really hard". "None of us ever want to see something like that happen".

"Obviously, I'm just hoping Robbie's alright".

Dixon finished third and his points lead over Rossi dipped to just 29 points, as neither driver can afford much of a slip up in the title hunt.

Fittipaldi appeared uninjured, as did Hunter-Reay and Sato.

It surely won't be next week at Gateway Motorsports Park or the rest of this season. The race airs live at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Canadian racer Robert Wickens' vehicle got in a brutal crash on the seventh lap in the ABC Supply 500 Series when he attempted to overtake another racer.

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