Photo: Justin R. Noe/ASP, Inc.
Photo: Justin R. Noe/ASP, Inc.

Robert Wickens to Undergo Surgery for Spinal Injury

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

The latest medical update from the Verizon IndyCar Series Robert Wickens is set to undergo surgery on Monday evening for a spinal injury sustained in a crash in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

“An MRI was instrumental in revealing the most appropriate surgical course and Wickens is undergoing surgery Monday evening for a spinal injury,” INDYCAR said in a statement.

The previous update on Sunday evening revealed the 29-year-old Canadian was “being treated for injuries to lower extremities, right arm and spine” following the incident.

The accident came on Lap 7 of 200 entering Turn 2 when the right front tire of Wickens made contact with the left rear tire of Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport), which sent the No. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of Wickens along the top of the SAFER Barrier before hitting the catchfence, sending the car into several violent rotations and scattering debris all over the track before coming to a stop at the inside of the corner.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.