IndyCar driver Robert Wickens involved in terrifying crash at Pocono Raceway

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

UPDATE 6 (4:30 p.m. ET): After a roughly two-hour red flag race stoppage, the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway has resumed on Lap 13 of the scheduled 200-lap event.

Canadian driver Robert Wickens was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay, but the two collided.

Wickens' vehicle drove over the front of Hunter-Reay's and smashed into the catch fence out of Turn 2. It was resumed after a delay of almost two hours while workers repaired a section of fencing that was damaged by Wickens' auto.

Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliff and Takuma Sato were among the drivers involved in the wreck.

"He had a run out of Turn 1", Hunter-Reay said of Wickens, "came up along the side of me, but I was in the draft of Power in front of me, so I started pulling ahead".

"We did OK today on points but obviously took a big hit with Rossi".

But animosity between IndyCar drivers tends to dissolve quickly amid grim reminders of the sport's dangers. "He's hurt. He's awake and alert and at least he's alive", he said.

May said: "It may not be the prettiest job but it's going to be safe". "The start can be debated for years, but doesn't matter right now, focus on the well being of our friends and competitors", Graham Rahal tweeted.

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The wreck renewed memories of a fatal crash at Pocono Raceway back in 2015.

Robert Wickens went soaring into the fence at Pocono Raceway in a scary wreck that brought the IndyCar race to a halt.

Wickens was "awake and alert", but has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Pigot spun and hit the wall. Sato was also checked and released, as were Fittipaldi and Hinchcliffe later. He was cleared from the medical center but declined to discuss the crash out of respect for Wickens, his teammate at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Bourdais called the repairs, "pretty lousy". (I) had lots of understeer, (so) we added tons of front wing to the vehicle.

IndyCar drivers can steel their will to put any kind of bad news behind them once they get behind the wheel and hit 220 miles per hour in an open cockpit.

Hinchcliffe survived his own near-fatal accident when a broken part from his auto 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.

He's signed to a three-year contract, about which Veach says, "I'd like to think I don't have that", because he understands much is expected when driving for successful team owner Michael Andretti. Wickens has four consecutive top-five finishes, including second at Mid-Ohio and third at Toronto.

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