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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’s Valtteri Bottas to compete in first-ever rally race in his native Finland

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Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.

More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.

Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.

He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”

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