Robert Wickens feels ‘liberated’ after driving a car for the first time since his Pocono crash


On Friday, he told NBC Sports.com that he felt ‘liberated ‘ like Honda that somehow trusts me with a very expensive car is ‘ I still don’t know why.

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TORONTO ‘ Robert Wickens drove an Acura NSX specially modified with hand controls on a ring throttle attached to the steering wheel Thursday.

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Wickens remains paralyzed from the waist down after a serious crash at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19, 2018. He continues to recover from spinal injuries.

The Guelph, Ontario, native will take the next step in his rehabilitation by taking the modified Acura NSX on a parade lap before Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto NTT IndyCar Series race. His fianc’, Karli Woods, will be by his side in the passenger seat.

‘This was the longest I’ve not driven anything since I was 7 years old,’ Wickens said in an introductory video shot after his initial drive on Thursday. ‘It definitely felt like freedom. It was something that finally felt familiar to me.

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IndyCar: Robert Wickens to drive parade lap in hand-controlled car

“When everyone is giving me all the support and all the positive messages, it does reach me. Thank you all.” Jim Ayello, [email protected]

Now, this weekend in his hometown of Toronto, the injured Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver’will show off the latest dividends of his tenacity.’

Less than a year after suffering a horrific accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down,’Wickens is returning to a race car. Actually,’he already has. On Thursday, the Toronto native piloted a specially modified’Acura NSX for about 30 minutes on the streets of Toronto. And earlier this week, he took the car out to’Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for a couple of hours to get a feel for the hand-controlled car.’

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Robert Wickens looks to race again, will lead warmup lap of Honda Indy Toronto

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TORONTO ‘ Almost a year after a horrific crash left Robert Wickens a paraplegic, it took just a few seconds earlier this week for the Canadian to feel the exhilarating rush of a steering wheel in his hands.

The 30-year-old from Guelph, Ont., will lead the warm-up lap for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto in an Acura NSX that’s been modified with hand controls. His fiancee Karli Woods will be in the passenger seat. It’s sure to be an emotional moment.

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Wickens draws strength from return in hand-controlled NSX

Robert Wickens’ parade laps ahead of tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto will be a reward for his exhaustive work in rehab over the past 10 months, a chance to salute the fans and supporters that have backed him during his recovery ‘ and if he, Honda and Arrow have their way, a step toward his driving an Indy car again.

The Canadian’s relationship with IndyCar has been short, but intense: he became an instant fan favorite with his swashbuckling debut appearance at St. Petersburg in 2018, and then broke the collective hearts of the paddock and fans when he suffered his accident at Pocono that August. In the months since, he’s taken a rehabilitation and recovery process that many professional athletes in similar situations might choose to endure far from the public eye, and instead provided constant windows into his progress through an active social media presence. Each of his personal victories ‘ shifting himself out of his wheelchair unassisted; standing up for the first time ‘ are shared and celebrated by thousands; rallying the community ever more strongly behind his fight.

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