Wickens: The road has been long, winding and difficult

Former Indycar driver and F1 test driver Robert Wickens, who was left partially paralyzed after a near-fatal crash, will get back into a racing car for the first time since his crash while competing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Cup Championship , said the Canadian on Friday.

Wickens will team up with compatriot Mark Wilkins driving a Hyundai prepared by Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) in the series’ season opener on January 28, a four-hour endurance race that is part of the weekend. end of the 24 Hours of Daytona race.

“It’s been a long, winding, hard road so far and the journey isn’t over but (I’m) thankful we can get down the road with a bit more speed,” Wickens said on Twitter. “Now let’s win.”

Wickens, once a test driver with the now-defunct Marussia team in 2011, suffered devastating spinal injuries and multiple broken arms and legs in a crash at Pocono Raceway in 2018 when his Dallara Indycar took to the air, catapulted into catch fencing and disintegrated onto the track.

Herta: Today is a monumental day for us as a team and as Robert Wickens fans

Wickens documents his incredible journey with informative videos on social media, winning the hearts of all motorsport fans as he embodied what it is to be among the bravest of the brave as he aimed for a back to the sport that almost stole his life.

The purpose-built car he will now drive features a custom hand control system and a switch that disables the hand throttle when Wilkins takes control of the cockpit.

“Today is a monumental day for us as a team and as fans of Robert Wickens,” BHA President Bryan Herta said in a statement. “We have followed Robert’s rehabilitation and marveled at his determination and dedication, as well as his many fans.

“To announce now that he will be making his return to professional motorsport in one of our Hyundai Elantra N TCR cars is truly incredible,” added Herta. (Reporting by Steve Keating)

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