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Robert Wickens undergoes additional surgeries, spinal cord injury ‘remains indeterminate’

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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens continues to be treated for injuries sustained last Sunday in a violent crash at Pocono Raceway.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver remains in Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

According to a statement by IndyCar released Friday morning, Wickens has undergone successful surgeries late this week on his right arm and lower extremities “without complication,” according to the IndyCar statement.

However, the injury to Wickens’ spinal cord “remains indeterminate,” according to the IndyCar statement.

In addition to the surgeries, Wickens has undergone a number “of precautionary tests that found no indication of further injury,” the statement added.

Wickens is expected to undergo additional surgeries as well as rehabilitation.

Wickens’ first surgery came this past Monday, with doctors inserting titanium rods and screws into his spinal column to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced earlier this week that it will not field Wickens’ No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda in Saturday night’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Here is the full IndyCar statement:

Medical update on Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (Friday, Aug. 24, 2018) — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens continues to be treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest for injuries sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Surgeries were performed late this week on his right arm and lower extremities without complication. The extent of the spinal cord injury remains indeterminate. Wickens also underwent a series of precautionary tests that found no indication of further injury.

Future treatment for Wickens includes more corrective surgery and rehabilitation. The thoughts of the entire INDYCAR community are with the Wickens family and SPM during this time.

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Wickens continues to receive strong support from the motorsports community, particularly on social media. Here are some of the most notable recent posts:

 

F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.