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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Indy Lights: Askew clinches 2019 title while VeeKay wins Laguna Seca race 1

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MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.

That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.

“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.

“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”

With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.

After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.

“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”

Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.

Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for full race results

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