When Robert Wickens is in a position to return to IndyCar, his group has made positive there’s a ride ready for him.
Wickens suffered a spinal wire harm throughout a crash in August at Pocono Raceway and has been rehabilitating in a Denver facility. The Canadian won’t compete this season, however Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports displayed the No. 6 Arrow Electronics Honda to signify his ride will likely be ready for him if he’s cleared to return.
The group had three Dallara-Honda Indy vehicles on show Friday because it unveiled its two-car driver lineup for 2019 — one for James Hinchcliffe, one for new driver Marcus Ericsson.
The third automobile was for Wickens, who was in his wheelchair on the stage to assist take away the duvet on the No. 6 automobile.
“That is the primary time I’ve seen a race automobile since I used to be on the grid for Pocono,” Wickens mentioned. “It makes me need to bounce in a single and see if I can push a pedal or not.”
The 29-year-old crashed at Pocono on Aug. 19 and suffered a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal wire harm, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to each legs, fractures in each fingers, fractured proper forearm, fractured elbow, 4 fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.
He has been updating his rehabilitation progress on social media and posted a video final week of him utilizing a walker on a “Friday stroll by the hallways.” His movies have proven he’s working day by day to transfer and stroll once more.
Hope everyone seems to be having a terrific Friday! Preparing for the weekend! I obtained to go for a Friday stroll by the hallways🚶🏻. pic.twitter.com/P3zDWMnvhh
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) January 11, 2019
“It isn’t simple,” Wickens mentioned. “There is a great distance to go, however the assist from the followers has been phenomenal. The times that I am feeling down, these guys choose me up and get me again within the health club.”
Arrow Electronics has considerably elevated its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and can enter the 2019 season because the title companion of the group.
Wickens thanked Arrow and SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt for retaining a seat open for him.
“I am much more grateful that I am going to have the chance to race for them someday sooner or later,” Wickens mentioned.
Arrow and Schmidt first partnered in 2014 on a semi-autonomous motorcar. Schmidt, who’s paralyzed from the neck down, that very same 12 months drove the SAM automobile 152 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway utilizing the Arrow expertise embedded within the automobile.
The Related Press contributed to this report.