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Schmidt Peterson will not run Wickens’ No. 6 at Gateway; Hinchcliffe cleared to race

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Tuesday afternoon announced that it will not field the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda in this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis.

The No. 6, of course, is the Indy car driven by Robert Wickens, who suffered serious injuries in a crash this past Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Wickens underwent surgery Monday night for what an IndyCar statement called “to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture of the spinal column fracture associated with a spinal cold injury.”

Wickens is facing additional surgeries to repair other injuries incurred in the violent crash, including fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition in Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Also on Tuesday, SPM announced that the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda will compete in this weekend’s race and will be piloted by regular driver James Hinchcliffe.

Hinchcliffe was collected in Sunday’s crash that involved his teammate Wickens, as well as Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato and rookie Pietro Fittipaldi.

Hinchcliffe reportedly suffered cuts on both hands apparently from debris resulting from the crash, but he was medically cleared to race again on Tuesday.

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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