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Robert Wickens undergoes spinal surgery as result of IndyCar crash

Further surgeries on leg, arm fractures expected, says race team
Robert Wickens. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports photo

Guelph's Robert Wickens underwent spinal surgery Monday in a Pennsylvania hospital.

The race car driver sustained serious injuries Sunday in a crash at Pocono Raceway.

Further surgeries to repair ankle fractures and a forearm fracture are expected.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the team Wickens drives for, issued the following statement Tuesday morning.

"Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, August 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. He is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat the fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition. Further updates will be provided when available."

Cards of support can be sent to:

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Attn: Veronica Knowlton

6803 Coffman Rd.

Indianapolis, IN