Pocono IndyCar race resumed after dramatic crash

Driver Robert Wickens airlifted to hospital

LONG POND, Pa. - IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by helicopter after a dramatic first-lap crash at Pocono Raceway Sunday.

The Canadian driver was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched.

The contact caused Hunter-Reay's car to careen into the wall and Wickens' car was pulled along for the ride. Wickens Honda launched over Hunter-Reay's car and sailed into the catchfence, where the tub of his IndyCar spun several times before crashing back onto the track.

Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliff and Takuma Sato were among the drivers involved in the wreck. All three appeared to avoid serious injuries.

The fence was destroyed and parts from Wickens' car were scattered over the track.

Repairs on the wall took roughly two hours.

The wreck renewed memories of a fatal crash at Pocono Raceway back in 2015.   Justin Wilson died from a head injury when a piece of debris from a crashed car bounced off the track and hit his helmet.

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