Wickens has back surgery, spinal cord injury “indeterminate”
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and IndyCar have sent a further update on the spinal surgery Robert Wickens underwent last night, a day after his huge shunt at Pocono Raceway.
A statement read: “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, Aug. 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture, associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19.
“Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens' spine during the surgery, which was performed without complication.
“The severity of the spinal cord injury is indeterminate at this time.
“Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition.”
The SPM-Honda driver collided with Ryan Hunter-Reay on Lap 6 of Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, and launched off the front of the Andretti Autosport machine into the SAFER barrier and wall at Turn 2 of the tri-oval. Following hard contact with the catchfencing, the tub of the car went through several 360deg spins as it returned to the track surface.
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