Robert Wickens has injuries to lower extremities, arm, spine and lung contusion after vicious Pocono crash

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UPDATE 1 (10:51 p.m. ET): Robert Wickens suffered numerous injuries in Sunday’s crash on Lap 8 of the ABC Supply 500 IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway.

Here’s the most recent statement from IndyCar on Wickens’ condition:

“ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018) — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an incident in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. He also sustained a pulmonary contusion. He will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Further updates on his condition will be provided when available.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens has unspecified “orthopedic injuries” after being involved in a wicked crash on Lap 8 of Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

IndyCar’s Communications Department announced an update on Wickens’ condition around 7:15 p.m. ET, saying the Canadian driver was still being medically evaluated, but there is no additional information.

Wickens was involved in a wreck with Ryan Hunter-Reay as the two exited Turn 2. After making contact with Hunter-Reay’s Honda, Wickens’ Honda climbed the catchfence and spun several times in mid-air before coming down on the racetrack.

It took rescue workers about 12 minutes to free Wickens from the mangled damage. He was taken by ambulance first to the infield care center, but only moments later, was taken to a waiting medivac helicopter that took him to the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 45 minutes away.

Hinchcliffe could be seen gingerly being helped out of his own race car and held both arms close to his body, indicating perhaps injuries to his wrists.

Hinchcliffe, who eventually went to the Allentown hospital to be with Wickens, his teammate and best friend, sent a message to NBCSN announcers that while his wrists appeared to be okay during an examination, his hands were cut by flying debris from the incident. Hinchcliffe is expected to be okay.

We’ll have more updates for you as they become available.

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IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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