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Tyler Owen
August 20, 2018

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has been admitted to hospital following a dramatic crash at the start of Sunday's race at the Pocono Raceway.

The race was red-flagged due to substantial damage to the catchfencing in the crash, and is yet to resume.

Wickens was attempting to make a pass when his auto went airborne and hit the wall after his right-front wheel made contact with the left-rear tire of Ryan Hunter-Reay. As they slid toward the SAFER Barrier on the outside wall, Wickens' vehicle launched over the front of Hunter-Reay's auto and into the catch fencing, where it spun violently before landing on the track.

Wickens was airlifted to hospital, and soon after described as "awake and alert" by IndyCar vice president of communications Curt Cavin.

Wickens, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were the drivers involved in the crash.

Andretti, the owner of Hunter-Reay's vehicle, gave an interview to NBC Sports following the crash and appeared to place the blame exclusively on Wickens.

"We'll enjoy this one, but dark cloud (today)", Rossi said.

Wickens was tended to by IndyCar safety personnel after the crash. "At least he is alive", said French driver Sebastien Bourdais.

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United States driver Graham Rahal - who crashed prior to the race's rolling start - tweeted his support during the lengthy delay.

Robert Wickens went soaring into the fence at Pocono Raceway in a scary wreck that brought the IndyCar race to a halt. Sato was also checked and released, as were Fittipaldi and Hinchcliffe later.

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is apparently being taken by helicopter for medical treatment following a first-lap accident at Pocono Raceway. Pigot spun and hit the wall.

Bourdais said the repairs were "pretty lousy".

Hinchcliffe is a team teammate of Wickens on the all-Canadian team. Combined with last week's Indy vehicle test, it gave him a little more to go on in attacking "The Tricky Triangle", a 2.5-mile oval with corner banking varying in degrees from 14 in Turn 1 to 6 in Turn 3.

Hinchcliffe survived his own near-fatal accident when a broken part from his vehicle pierced an artery during a 2015 crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe, runner-up on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" in 2017, helped lure Wickens to IndyCar this season after a successful career in Europe. Hinchcliffe would have bled to death if not for the medical team holding the artery together as it raced him from the track directly to a hospital. Wickens has four consecutive top-five finishes, including second at Mid-Ohio and third at Toronto.

"He's fine, he didn't hit that hard", team owner Michael Andretti said of Hunter-Reay to NBCSN.

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