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Robert Wickens Remains in Stable Condition After Successful Spinal Surgery

On Tuesday (Aug. 21), INDYCAR said in a statement that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent successful spinal surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest yesterday.

“Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens’ spine during the surgery, which was performed without complication,” the release said. “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.”

Wickens is in stable condition and will likely need a few months to make a complete recovery. It is unknown how long before Wickens will be able to race again. SPM has not named a substitute driver for this weekend’s event at Gateway Motorsports Park, yet.

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