Seven months after spine injury, IndyCar driver Robert Wickens wants to race again

“It’s a little bit strange to be on the smart side of the pit wall.”
Racing legend Mario Andretti talks with Robert Wickens on the opening day of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg on Friday, March 8, 2019. Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was injured his spine in a race crash and is paralyzed from the chest down. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Racing legend Mario Andretti talks with Robert Wickens on the opening day of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg on Friday, March 8, 2019. Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was injured his spine in a race crash and is paralyzed from the chest down. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published March 8
Updated March 8

ST. PETERSBURG — Seven months after suffering a horrific crash at Pocono, Robert Wickens returned to the IndyCar paddock to watch practice in a wheelchair.

“It’s a little bit strange to be on the smart side of the pit wall,” Wickens said Friday after the first Grand Prix of St. Petersburg practice.

Wickens had his first news conference with the IndyCar media Friday since injuring his spine in the wreck.

The 29-year-old Canadian is in rehab 4-6 hours a day, six days a week, to regain as much mobility as possible.

And, of course, to get back into a car.

“The goal is to get back into an IndyCar,” said Wickens, who won the pole at last year’s Grand Prix and was in contention to win it in his series debut. “We won’t know until I try it, to see if it’s a reality…

“I will be in a race car again. It’s just a matter of which car.”

We’ll have more on Wickens later this weekend.

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