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IndyCar driver Robert Wickens involved in scary crash at Pocono

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was just taken to a hospital by helicopter after a horrifying crash he was involved in on the track. which sent him and his vehicle spiraling.

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.

"It's part of our job, right? I just hope everyone is alright", Dixon said. "You've got to accept it and deal with that emotion after the race".

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.

Once the race restarted, Rossi got rolling.

The Wickens accident was the worst at Pocono in the three major races this summer.

He also closed to within just 29 points of New Zealand's Scott Dixon, who leads the championship points race with 530 points. Obviously, we took a bit of a hit there with Rossi (winning). Power made a hard charge down the stretch and finished second to remain in the thick of the title hunt.

Wickens, an IndyCar rookie, was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay on Turn 2 of Lap 6 when the two cars touched while side-by-side.

The contact caused Hunter-Reay's auto to careen into the wall and Wickens' vehicle was pulled along for the ride.

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Wickens launched over Hunter-Reay's vehicle and sailed into the catchfence, where the main body of his IndyCar spun several times before landing back onto the track in pieces.

The fencing was shredded and Wickens's vehicle was reduced to just the cockpit - also known as the survivor cell - which came to a rest on the track along an interior wall.

Medical workers calmly attended to Wickens, who was taken to an ambulance before he was transported to the helicopter.

Pocono Raceway president Ben May said about 80 feet of fence and a few posts were damaged in the wreck. Graham Rahal got into the back of Spencer Pigot before the race even got to green.

The celebration may have seemed normal, but thoughts couldn't help stray toward Wickens.

For the second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race, Alexander Rossi put together a dominantly triumphant performance.

Fittipaldi only returned to IndyCar action in the last round at Mid-Ohio after his leg-breaking crash in the World Endurance Championship event at Spa in May. IndyCar said he was alert and awake after the crash.

But Bourdais, who said the repairs were "pretty lousy" raised his concerns about the quality of the repairs and condition of the fence before he got back in the vehicle.

Bourdais said the repairs were "pretty lousy".

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