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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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WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.