Canadians Wickens, Hinchcliffe crash out at IndyCar Pocono race

The Dallara IR-12 racecar competing at the 2016 Indy 500

Alexander Rossi racing in the 100th running of the Indy 500

Wickens is suffering from injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine, IndyCar officials reported.

IndyCar said the Canadian sustained a pulmonary contusion Sunday and will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown.

He not only has to hold off Rossi, but former series champions Josef Newgarden and Power aren't out of contention yet. "He's hurt. He's awake and alert and at least he's alive", he said. IndyCar did not have another update on the Canadian driver's condition at the end of the race.

Alexander Rossi won the race and said it was "tough to celebrate" with Wickens in the hospital.

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Dixon finished third and his points lead over Rossi dipped to just 29 points, as neither driver can afford much of a slip up in the title hunt.

Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion, ended Will Power's bid to win three straight Pocono races. Fittipaldi and Hinchcliffe were released after having X-rays, according to Curt Cavin, IndyCar's vice president of communications.

The Verizon IndyCar Series race was red flagged and did not restart for approximately two hours after the crash, which occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Bourdais said the repairs were "pretty lousy". The impact of the wreck tore out about 80 feet of fence, damaged a few posts and stopped the race.

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That incident required the race to be halted for more than two hours while substantial damage to the fencing was repaired.

Wickens went to pass up Ryan Hunter-Reay when he slightly clipped his vehicle. Both cars crashed into the wall, with Wickens flying over Hunter-Reay's auto and into the catchfence. Wickens launched over Hunter-Reay's auto and sailed into the catchfence, where the tub of his IndyCar spun several times before crashing back onto the track. He led 180 of the 200 laps.

The owner of Hunter-Reay's auto, former open-wheel racing star Michael Andretti, upset some viewers with comments he gave in an interview on NBC following the crash, when he appeared to put the onus on Wickens for the incident before knowing of the driver's condition.

James Hinchcliff was caught up in the wreck and held his wrists as he slowly left the auto. Hinchcliffe, runner-up on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" in 2017, helped lure Wickens to IndyCar and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this season after a successful career in Europe. He declined to comment to reporters out of respect for Wickens. "A part of the delay in providing information had to do with multiple drivers here in the medical center".

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The 29-year-old was alert when medical workers attended to him before transporting him to the hospital in a helicopter. The impact of the wreck tore out a large section of fencing that IndyCar said would take at least one hour to fix. The nose of the auto hit the outside wall as the vehicle traveled at full speed.

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