Wickens on condition: "The reality is I am far away from walking on my own"
IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has provided clarity on his current physical state in the aftermath of the August 19 crash at Pocono Raceway that ended his season.
The Canadian, who suffered numerous injuries when his No. 6 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda went into the Turn 2 fencing at unabated speed, acknowledged the paraplegia he’s fighting to overcome in a dedicated rehabilitation facility.
“Did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today,” the 2018 IndyCar Rookie of the Year wrote in an Instagram post. “My upper body is getting stronger and stronger and hopefully I’ll be able to do it unassisted soon. I’ve only been posting videos of the small movement in my legs, but the reality is I am far away from walking on my own. Some people are a bit confused with the severity of my injury, so I wanted let you know the reality of it. I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life, and I am giving it all I’ve got to spark those nerves in my legs.”
Team co-owner Sam Schmidt, shown in the background of Wickens’ video, and fellow SPM owner Ric Peterson have vowed to have a car waiting for Wickens to drive when he is able.
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The 2018 season marks Marshall Pruett's 32nd year working in the sport. In his role today for RACER, Pruett covers open-wheel and sports car racing as a writer, reporter, photographer, and filmmaker. In his previous career, he served as a mechanic, engineer, and team manager in a variety of series, including IndyCar, IMSA, and World Challenge.