Los Angeles - IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens was in a stable
condition on Tuesday after undergoing surgery to repair his injured spine
following a horrific crash at the Pocono 500, his team said.
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A statement from Wickens' Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team
said the Canadian driver had surgery to stabilise his spine at Lehigh Valley
Hospital in Pennsylvania on Monday.
"Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in
Wickens' spine during the surgery, which was performed without
complication," the statement said.
"The severity of the spinal cord injury is
indeterminate at this time."
The statement said Wickens was expected to undergo further
surgeries to treat fractures in his legs and right forearm, describing his
condition as "stable".
Wickens was hospitalised after his car was sent hurtling
into the catch fence following a collision with Ryan Hunter-Reay's IndyCar at
Pocono Raceway in Long Pond on Sunday.
The crash occurred three years after British driver Justin
Wilson died in an accident at the same Pocono circuit in 2015.
Wilson was fatally injured after being struck by debris from
an accident involving Sage Karam.
Sunday's accident has prompted calls for a review of safety
standards at the circuit, with former driver Paul Tracy saying IndyCar should
find an alternative to chain link fencing and posts around racetracks.