IndyCar: Rossi wins, Wickens crashes at Pocono Speedway

Monday, August 20, 2018

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Alexander Rossi was as worried as the rest of the Indy-Car field when a violent wreck shot Robert Wickens' car airborne, ripped up the catchfence and left the tub of the rookie's Honda toppled on the asphalt.

The crash at Pocono Raceway was the latest grim reminder how drivers in open-wheel racing put their lives on the line.

"It's part of our job, right? You've got to compartmentalize," Rossi said. "You've got to accept it and deal with that emotion after the race."

Wickens was airlifted to a hospital with what IndyCar called "orthopedic injuries" and the race was stopped for nearly two hours to repair 80-feet of fence and leave at least one driver grumbling about safety.

Once the race restarted, Rossi got rolling. He dominated Sunday at Pocono and led 180 of 200 laps to win his second straight race and third of the season, slicing into Scott Dixon's grip on the championship lead with three races left in the season.

Dixon finished third and his points lead over Rossi dipped to just 29 points, as neither driver can afford much of a slip up in the title hunt. "We've been a bit blah. They've been excelling," Dixon said

Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion, ended Will Power's bid to win three straight Pocono races. Power made a hard charge down the stretch and finished second.

IndyCar heads to Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, where Josef Newgarden is the defending race winner.