The Verizon IndyCar Series will add a new name to the grid in 2018 when Canadian Robert Wickens makes his full-time debut with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports alongside his good friend and new team mate James Hinchcliffe at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in March.

Wickens has vast experience in single seater racing having been part of the Red Bull driver programme in Europe before making the switch to DTM with Mercedes.

Mercedes recently announced that they will pull out of the DTM at the end of next season which left the door open for Wickens to look for a seat elsewhere which is when Schmidt Peterson Motorsports came calling.

Wickens first drove a Verizon IndyCar machine in February of this year during a pre-season test at Sebring International Raceway when he drove the Mayor of HinchTown’s No.5 Arrow Honda.

Following the opening race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Hinch traveled to Europe to drive Wickens’ Mercedes DTM car.

Wickens drove in place of Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda for Friday practice at the Kohler Grand Prix in June.

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