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mikeamerica84
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Posted - 21 Aug 2018 :  01:06:39  Show Profile Send mikeamerica84 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Violent crash involving Robert Wickens & Ryan Hunter-Reay, and the aftermath caught up many more such as James Hinchcliffe and Pietro Fittipaldi.

Everyone is focused on Wickens, but in the video you can see how close his battered chassis came to making contact with RHR's head.

IMO, IndyCar must go to a halo of some sort on these high speed ovals. This is the same track, same corner, where Justin Wilson lost his life a few years back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eElwmM2fjDs

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fastest circuit racing cars and they have so many 'big ones' I am inclined to agree with you Mike...

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horrific crash...and yeah good idea mike

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They need to either raise the SAFER barrier or install some kind of flat section of fencing where the cars can rise up to prevent them digging into the fence as they currently are. They've trialed the windscreen and were happy with it so I think we'll see that next year.
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Lucky he's not dead to be honest. That's a pretty bad crash. Very thankful that it was the front and rear of his car hitting the fence rather than his head, and lucky not to hit Hunter-Reay on the head. Sadly I think Robert Wickens will be out of the car for a fair while.



























































































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Indycar have been testing the aeroscreen which will either be on the cars next year or in 2020.

We know that Dallara get quite a lot of stick for winning pretty much every chassis tender, but the fact that Robert Wickens is alive, is the reason why Dallara pretty much win every chassis tender.

It is a shame though as Robert Wickens was having a brilliant rookie year as he was competitive on ovals, and competitive on road courses after coming straight out of DTM. It's quite Mansell esque.
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An update on Robert Wickens:

Robert Wickens gives more detail of 'paraplegic' status and prognosis

Injured IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has offered more detail on his definition of himself as a paraplegic in his recent posts on social media.

A spinal cord injury was among the severe injuries Wickens sustained in his horrific accident at Pocono in August.

On Friday a video showing Wickens levering himself from seat to wheelchair was accompanied by text that included the sentence "did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today".

The 2018 rookie of the year then felt compelled to issue a further social media post later in the day emphasising that his current paralysis is not necessarily permanent.

Wickens tweeted that he wanted "to clarify a few things" because "there seems to be some confusion about what the word 'paraplegic' really means" while emphasising his gratitude for the support he has received.

"There was no 'announcement' to confirm I was paralysed," the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver added in an extended post.

"I've been paralysed the moment I hit the fence pole in Pocono.

"We were very clear that I had a spinal cord injury in the press release issued by SPM, but I guess people are not aware of what that means and are just speculating.

"'Paralysed' and 'paraplegic' are paralysis from the level of injury on the lower half. I'm paralysed from the chest down.

"People may not be paraplegics forever. Since my spinal cord injury was 'incomplete' the nerves may be able to find a way back to my legs.

"Incomplete means the spinal cord was not severed, it was only bruised.

"In months' time the swelling will go down and we will learn more on how much nerve regeneration happens.

"The doctors have told us every SCI [spinal cord injury] is different.

"Two people with the same injury may heal differently. One may walk again and one may not. Each body heals differently.

"So we cannot tell you a definitive answer if I will walk again. But I have full intentions of doing just that!

"The good news is, I already have most feeling and some movement back in my legs, so there is hope over the course of 24 months that I may regain enough movement to walk again!

"So far the signs are promising, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself!

"I am just keeping my head down and working until my therapist and doctors tell me to stop!

"Thank you all for your support! And I hope this has brought some clarity on all of this."

Wickens concluded by joking "sorry for the long read".

Having begun his rehabilitation in Indianapolis, Wickens has recently been transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, which specialises in recovery from spinal and brain injuries.

The 29-year-old Canadian was sixth in the IndyCar standings in his debut season prior to his accident and ended the year still classified 11th.


https://www.autosport.com/indycar/news/139681/wickens-offers-more-detail-of-paraplegic-status



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damn... good that there is still hope of recovery but that is a long wait to know...

kinda reminds me of Memo's journey...

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