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Wickens Transferred to Methodist Hospital

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer

Per Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Robert Wickens has been transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after spending 12 days at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

The Canadian will soon undergo further surgery on his lower extremities that were injured in his August 19th crash at Pocono Raceway.

On Lap 7 of the ABC Supply 500, Wickens was alongside Ryan Hunter-Reay heading to the Tunnel Turn when the two had contact, sending Wickens into the catch fencing and spinning around in the air. James Hinchcliffe, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were also involved in the incident.

Shortly before the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 25th, SPM released an update stating that Wickens was breathing without medical assistance and speaking with family.

Carlos Munoz will pilot the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda for the final two races of the year at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.

The following is the full statement from SPM:

“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens was transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 30 to continue treatment in his home of Indianapolis. He will soon undergo further surgery on his lower extremities.

“Wickens had been in the care of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest since his Aug. 19 incident during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway. The Wickens family and SPM organization want to thank the surgeons, nursing team and the staff at the LVHN facility for their care of Robert the last 12 days.”

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.