August 19, 2018 LONG POND, Pennsylvania — I love the smell of ethanol in the morning!! Alexander Rossi completely dominated the race, winning the Indy Car ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. The race was overshadowed however by a horrific Robert Wickens’ crash.
Rossi, who drives for Andretti Autosport (led by local resident Michael Andretti- former Indy Car driver, son of Mario, and father of Marco) led 180 of the 200 laps on Pocono’s 2.5 mile “Tricky Triangle” oval. Last year’s Indy 500 champ and pole sitter Will Power came in second, followed by championship points leader Scott Dixon.
The race was red flagged for 2 hours after a five-car crash on Lap 7, requiring extensive fence repairs. The incident started when Robert Wickens and Ryan Hunter-Reay bumped in Turn 2. Wickens’ car then launched over Hunter-Reay and got into the catch fencing. Wickens’ car caught one of the fence posts and spun violently before landing back on the track in a debris field. Wickens remained conscious as he was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. He sustained serious injuries including a spinal fracture, and will remain at the hospital for some time. Ryan Hunter-Reay was not injured, and others uninjured in the crash included James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi.
One other on-track incident was on lap-1 when Graham Rahal ran into the back of Spencer Pigot, knocking Pigot into the wall and out of the race.
The next Indy Car race is the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 25.
[Photos by Rick Pettine]
[Article by Rick Pettine]
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