What A Difference A Year Makes For Robert Wickens
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens has had an incredible 12 months. On February 28, 2017 the Canadian did a ride swap with his good friend James Hinchcliffe as he drove the Mayor of HinchTown’s No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda at Sebring International Raceway.
Fast forward to June 2017 and Wickens was back with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports where he replaced Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Honda for the opening Friday practice session for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.
Wickens showed great pace during the session and October 20 2017, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced that Wickens would make his full-time switch from the DTM to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 alongside James Hinchcliffe in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda. Wickens immediately impressed taking pole position for the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
In only his second Verizon IndyCar Series race, and his first oval event in Phoenix, Wickens finished on the podium in second place and since then he has scored one other podium a third place at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis and now it is just a case of when and not if he takes his first win as an IndyCar driver.
Wickens heads into this weekend’s race at Road America in seventh place in the championship on 244 points and is currently leading the Sunoco Rookie of the year classification.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Wickens said:
Honestly, it’s just fun, I’m racing with a smile on my face”
James Hinchcliffe who played a key role in Schmidt Peterson Motorsports decision to sign Wickens told IndyCar.com:
Honestly, once they looked at what he was capable of, I think the decision was pretty simple from everyone’s point on this side. “It’s really fun saying, ‘I told you so.