Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has released some positive news on Robert Wickens.
“For the first time following his August 19 incident at Pocono Raceway, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is breathing without medical assistance and speaking with his family,” SPM said in a statement Saturday evening.
“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.”
On Friday, IndyCar said that Wickens had undergone surgeries on his right arm and lower extremities at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest without complication. A series of precautionary tests found no indication of further injury.
The extent of the spinal cord injury he suffered remains indeterminate. Earlier this week, titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens’ spine.
Future treatment for Wickens includes more corrective surgery and rehabilitation, IndyCar said as part of its Friday update.