Canadians Wickens, Hinchcliffe involved in scary crash at Pocono

Rain wipes out final Indy Car practice Image by IMS

Rain wipes out final Indy Car practice Image by IMS

Wickens was racing Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania for the ABC Supply 500 Series when he tried passing another driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay, on lap 6. but bumped him instead, and got launched into the air and against the side fence in a terrifying collision.

Sunday's IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania was halted after fewer than six laps when a multi-car wreck sent Robert Wickens' auto soaring into the fence.

Contact was made on Lap 8 of the scheduled 200 laps when, shortly after a restart and coming out of Turn 2, Wickens and Hunter-Reay touched wheels. Wickens' auto climbed and went up into the fence and spun several times in mid-air before coming to rest against the inside retaining wall. Officials said that it would take an hour to fix the fence.

Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Pietro Fittipaldi and Takuma Sato were among the drivers collected in Sunday's wreck. That caused Hunter-Reay's auto to careen into the wall and Wickens' vehicle was pulled along for the ride. The fencing was shredded and Wickens' vehicle was reduced to just the tub, which came to a rest on the track along an interior wall.

Repairs on the wall took roughly two hours. Hinchcliffe was cleared and released from the medical centre. He was nursing an apparent wrist injury as he got out of his auto.

Hinchcliffe exited his auto under his own power but was seen holding his wrists and walking gingerly to a safety vehicle. He declined to comment to reporters out of respect for Wickens. Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot tangled as the field was coming to the green flag start of the race.

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May said: "It may not be the prettiest job but it's going to be safe".

It was also the worst since the accident in 2015 that took the life of Justin Wilson, who was hit in the head by the dislodged nose piece of Sage Karam's auto after Karam spun out and crashed into the wall in Turn 1 while leading the race. Teammate and fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe was also involved in the crash.

Hinchcliffe survived his own near-fatal accident when a broken part from his vehicle pierced an artery during a 2015 crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe would have bled to death if not for the medical team holding the artery together as it raced him from the track directly to a hospital.

Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and matched a career-best second in the last race at Mid-Ohio.

Fittipaldi was checked for an ankle injury.

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