Alexander Rossi captured the chequered flag in Sunday’s ABC Supply 500, his second straight Verizon IndyCar Series victory.
Rossi, who started the race from third on the grid, led 180 of the race’s 200 laps to cross the finish line 4.4982 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power.
Sunday’s win marks Rossi’s third victory of the season and his ninth top-five, it is also just the second oval win of his career, after the 2016 Indy 500.
With his win Sunday Rossi now sits just 29 points behind IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon, who finished the race in a distant third-place finish, 41.3557 seconds behind Rossi.
While Rossi’s victory intensifies the battle for the championship with just three races to go, the major story of the day came during a multi-car incident on Lap 6. After Robert Wickens made contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay’s #28 Andretti Autosport Honda, the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car was sent flying into the catch fence.
Several drivers were involved in the crash, however Wickens’ condition was the most concerning to both fans and drivers. After nearly an hour of silence on the matter, IndyCar announced that Wickens was “awake and alert.”
Wickens was later transported by helicopter to a Pennsylvania hospital, where was admitted with “orthopedic injuries,” IndyCar said in a statement on Twitter.
Also involved in the incident was Wickens’ teammate James Hinchcliffe as well as Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi; both were cleared to drive after the accident.
Sunday’s events come several days short of the anniversary of the death of British racer Justin Wilson, who lost his life in a crash at Pocono back in 2015.
The drivers and teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series will quickly shift their attention away from what occurred at Pocono, and focus on Saturday night’s running of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park.