Spencer Pigot

The race was delayed almost two hours and only eight laps in the 500-mile race had been completed because of Wickens' crash and another accident right before green.

UPDATE 5 (4:24 p.m. ET): Engines have refired and drivers have begun driving back onto the racetrack.

Then, moments after the green flag started the 500-mile race, Graham Rahal misread the acceleration of cars in front of him and hit Spencer Pigot, whose auto was damaged enough that it could not complete the full race.

Rossi dominated Sunday at Pocono and led 180 of 200 laps to win his second straight race and third of the season, slicing into Scott Dixon's grip on the championship lead with three races left in the season.


Wickens's auto stayed upright and landed back on the track. "We were able to roll off instantly (to start the weekend) competitive and strong". He declined to comment to reporters out of respect for Wickens.

Hunter-Reay was also among those treated for injuries after a crash that also swept up Pietro Fittipaldi, James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato. Wickens will have an MRI and will likely undergo surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the sanctioning body.

"I talked to Hinch and Sato, there was so much debris and fluid on the track. That's where we stand".

Robert Wickens is in hospital after a violent and terrifying crash during the IndyCar Series race at Pocono on Sunday. Wickens Honda launched over Hunter-Reay's vehicle and sailed into the catchfence, where the tub of his IndyCar spun several times before crashing back onto the track. Debris flew across the track, and Wickens' auto damaged the fence.


It took safety crews about 12 minutes to extricate Wickens from his damaged vehicle.

After the medical team on site examined the extent of Wickens' injuries, they called an ambulance that transported him to a section of the field where he was picked up by a helicopter and transported to a hospital. Hinchcliffe appeared to be in pain and was seen grabbing his wrists as he slowly left his auto, but later left the medical tent and told NBCSN that he was on his way to visit Wickens in the hospital. Power is fourth at 449 and Hunter-Reay fifth with 411.

"We can only hope one thing, that Robbie, Hinch and everyone involved is ok".

"I was in the draft of Power ahead of me. I thought I had got past him". My helmet was completely covered in oil and I couldn't see anything.


Team owner Roger Penske said it would be tough to field a fifth auto for driver Tony Stewart in next year's Indianapolis 500.

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