IndyCar driver Robert Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in his crash during last weekend’s Pocono 500, the series has confirmed.
The 29-year-old had surgery on a spinal fracture related to the injury yesterday. However the full extent of the damage to his spine is not yet known.
A statement issued by IndyCar on Tuesday described the driver’s condition as “stable”. He also suffered broken legs and a broken arm in the crash.
“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, Aug. 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest to stabilise 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.
“Further updates will be provided when available,” the statement added.
The IndyCar championship will continue at the Gateway oval on Saturday.
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