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IndyCar: Robert Wickens transferred to Indy hospital, will have additional surgery

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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens, seriously injured in a crash during a race at Pocono Raceway nearly two weeks ago, has been transferred to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further treatment of his injuries, according to a statement released this morning by his team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Also, according to the statement, Wickens — who was transferred to IUHMH on Thursday — is scheduled to have additional surgery on his lower extremities “soon,” according to the team statement.

Wickens had been hospitalized at Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, since suffering injuries to his spinal cord and column, lower extremities and right arm in a violent crash during the ABC Supply 500. His car made contact with the car of Ryan Hunter-Reay, sending Wickens airborne and into a catch fence, spun several times in mid-air and came to rest along the inside retaining wall on the Lap 8 incident.

He underwent surgery on the spinal column about 30 hours after the crash to treat a thoracic fracture of the spinal column.

Three days later, Wickens underwent additional surgery on his arm and lower extremities.

Last weekend, the team issued another statement that Wickens was breathing on his own without assistance and is able to talk.

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Here is the update statement on Wickens’ condition, tweeted out by the team this morning:

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INDYCAR: How to watch the Bommarito 500

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The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.

The last oval race of the season, tonight’s  Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.

Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.

By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.

Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live 

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