IndyCar driver Robert Wickens stable after spinal surgery

Robert Wickens has undergone spinal surgery and remains in a stable condition, according a joint IndyCar and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports update

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens stable after spinal surgery

Wickens was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown in Pennsylvania after his crash in last weekend's race at Pocono and his surgery was conducted at the same facility on Monday night.

The treatment was required to stabilise a thoracic spinal fracture related to the spine injury he sustained in the crash that also involved Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay.

"Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, August 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest to stabilise a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 19," read an IndyCar statement.

"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.

"Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition.

"Further updates will be provided when available."

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