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Canadian IndyCar racer Robert Wickens to drive parade lap during Honda Indy

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Guelph IndyCar racer Robert Wickens will drive in the parade lap during Toronto’s Honda Indy
Almost a year after a crash that left him with severe spinal cord injuries, Guelph IndyCar driver Robert Wickens will lead the parade lap during the 2019 Honda Indy in Toronto – Jul 8, 2019

Robert Wickens will get a chance to drive on a racetrack again this weekend in the parade lap at the Honda Indy in Toronto.

The 30-year-old driver from Guelph, Ont., announced the news Monday in a video on his Twitter feed.

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Wickens has posted periodic updates on his recovery following a horrific August crash during an IndyCar race at Pocono.

He suffered a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both hands, a fractured right forearm, fractured elbow, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.

Wickens says he’ll drive an Acura NSX with hand controls provided by Arrow, and he says he plans on going fast.

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“I get to basically be pole position for the race, which is a blast,” Wickens said. “I can’t wait to get a helmet on and go around in an amazing car.”

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Wickens, who is undergoing an intense rehabilitation program in Colorado as he attempts to recover from his serious spinal cord injury, has maintained he wants to race again, and driving a car with hand controls could be a big step toward that goal.

Wickens has said he eventually wants to come back at the same level he was at before his accident, which ended a promising rookie season for the IndyCar newcomer.

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