After three and a half years of the most difficult period of rehabilitation, Robert Wickens is ready to return to professional motorsport: in 2022 he will drive in the American touring car series IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for the Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) team.
Robert will be driving the Hyundai Elantra N TCR car with his partner, another Canadian racer Mark Wilkins.
In August 2018, Wickens was involved in a horrific accident at the Pocono Oval Speedway, sustaining a spinal injury and was partially paralyzed. Since then, he, showing great will, trained hard according to special methods, striving, as far as possible in his condition, to restore his physical form.
Last May, Robert got behind the wheel of a manually operated race car for the first time, and it has already become an important step in the process, but now it’s time to take the next step.
“The road to this point was long, winding and challenging, and the journey is not over yet, but I am grateful that now I can move a little faster! Wickens wrote on his Twitter page. “In the 2022 season, I will be driving in the IMSA championship for the BHA team and will be piloting one of their Hyundai Elantra.”
The first round of the season will take place in January at the track in Daytona, it will be a four-hour race, and the car number 33, which will be piloted by Wickens alternately with Wilkins, is equipped with a special manual control system developed by BHA, Brian Herta’s team, helping Robert all these years.
When a partner sits behind the wheel, the system is turned off at the pit stop, and Wilkins will be able to control the car using the normal gas and brake pedals.
In addition to racing, Robert Wickens will continue to work as a consultant and driver coach for the Arrow McLaren SP team in IndyCar.
It’s been a long, winding, and difficult road to this point and the journey is not over, but thankful we’ll be able to move down the road with a bit more speed!
Now, let’s go win. pic.twitter.com/hoPyoorJTO— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) January 14, 2022
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