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Wickens Improving, Breathing Without Assistance

By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has revealed some good news with the latest medical update on Robert Wickens.

A rookie in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Wickens was severely injured after grisly accident at last weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. In the days since, prior medical updates have confirmed injuries to his right arm and lower extremities and also underwent a successful spinal surgery on Monday evening.

The most recent status brought some slight ease as the road to recovery continues.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports released the following statement before Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park:

“For the first time following his Aug. 19 incident at Pocono Raceway, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is breathing without medical assistance and speaking with his family.”

“Robert’s family and the entire SPM organization are very pleased to share this information and wish everyone a safe event tonight in St. Louis.”

His long-term prognosis remains indeterminate at this moment.

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to along with The Motorsports Tribune.