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Robert Wickens in Stable Condition Following Spinal Surgery

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

INDYCAR released its latest update regarding Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens, reporting that he underwent surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania Monday evening.

Surgery was done to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture as a result of sustaining spinal cord injuries from Sunday’s Lap 7 crash in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

“Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens’ spine during the surgery, which was performed without complication. The severity of the spinal cord injury is indeterminate at this time. Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm,” INDYCAR said in a statement.

Wickens remains in stable condition.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a two-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.