Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was in a scary crash at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon, but luckily he and his fellow racers are going to be fine.
Wickens was airlifted to a hospital and was being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine. He suffered a pulmonary contusion and will undergo an MRI and probable surgery.
According to ESPN, Wickens was attempting to pass fellow driver Ryan Hunter-Reay on the sixth lap when contact between the two vehicles caused the drivers to lose control. That caused Hunter-Reay’s car to careen into the wall, and Wickens’s car was pulled along for the ride.
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Fellow drivers James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato, and Pietro Fittipaldi were also caught up in the collision, but all three, as well as Hunter-Reay, were cleared to resume driving by the IndyCar medical staff.
The crash was a grim reminder how drivers in open-wheel racing put their lives on the line. The race resumed two hours later and was won by Alexander Rossi.