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

and the car started creeping away, and then I just like went full throttle just to kind of see what it would do,’ Wickens said in response to a question from NBC Sports.com.

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

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Wickens remains paralyzed from the waist down after a serious crash at Pocono Raceway on August 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 out for the Parade Lap prior to 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 seven 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 preparing for his parade lap at Honda Indy

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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 has been modified with hand controls. His fianc’e Karli Woods will be in the passenger seat. It’s sure to be an emotional moment.

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IndyCar driver Robert Wickens returns to lead warmup lap in Toronto

“I was able to get a couple of practice laps in [Thursday]’and it put a huge smile on my face . . . Racing is my dream, it’s my passion, it’s all I want to do,” Wickens said.

I’M GETTING BACK IN A CAR! I’ll be doing the parade lap for the @hondaindy! This is just amazing and couldn’t happen without the help of @arrowelectronics installing the hand controls and @HondaRacing_HPD trusting me with such an awesome car! #IndyTO #ArrowDriven #SCIrecovery pic.twitter.com/mmaTIlrxCW

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