Dr. Geoffrey Billows, IndyCar Medical Director, confirmed that Robert Wickens is awake and alert and has been transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., for further evaluation following his massive crash in the opening green flag lap of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono.
INDYCAR released a statement after the race which reads: “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens, involved in a crash on Lap 7 of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway today, has been admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with orthopedic injuries. He is still being evaluated.”
Of the other four drivers involved in the wreck, three – Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato, Pietro Fittipaldi and James Hinchcliffe have been released from the infield care center.
“I’m feeling great, thank God,” said the Brazilian, who said the crash had not aggravated his injuries from earlier this season at the WEC race at Spa. “Obviously feeling a little sore from the impact but I’m 100% no broken bones so I’m fine.
“I just saw a little smoke ahead and saw I was going to hit Hinch head-on, so I slammed the brakes and tried to get low, and when I did that I lost the rear of the car and hit him sideways.”
Hinchcliffe declined to speak to the media, although IndyCar confirmed that he has been cleared to drive. The Schmidt Peterson driver released the following statement:
“I saw the accident happening in front of me. [Zach] Veach started sliding up, I tried to slow down and just kind of lost it in the fray. As I was going backwards, I think Pietro [Fittipaldi] had nowhere to go and came into me. Other than that, there was a bunch of stuff going on, I’m not sure exactly what happened.
“I took my hands off the wheel when I went backwards, and I think some piece of debris came in as I was holding them [hands] in, kind of just smacked the top of them so I took of bit of beating, but nothing is broken, just some swelling and some cuts. We’ll rest it up and be fine. Obviously, I’m just hoping Robbie’s [Robert Wickens] all right. Never good to see a car go up [into the fence] like that, but I know he is in good hands. Hopefully we’ll see him back in the car soon.”