IndyCar driver Wickens has spinal surgery after Pocono crash

Following his crash at the ABC Supply 500 on Sunday, IndyCar driver Robert Wickens had spinal surgery and faces further operations.

Robert Wickens   -  (Getty Images)

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens had spinal stabilisation surgery following his frightening crash at Pocono on Sunday.

The 29-year-old was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay on lap six of the ABC Supply 500 when the two collided, sending the Andretti Autosport driver into the wall and the Canadian spinning into the air before landing back on the track.

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Wickens had titanium rods and screws placed in his spine during a procedure at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Monday to stabilise a thoracic spinal fracture.

"The severity of the spinal cord injury is indeterminate at this time," the release read in part.

"Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition."

James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi were also involved in the crash and racing resumed about 90 minutes later following repairs to the trackside fence. 

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