It is incredible what a little hope, determination and emotional strength can do to motivate someone.
Canadian Robert Wickens who nearly lost his life following a horrendous accident during the 2018 ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway is the poster for what can be achieved when you are determined.
Not only did Wickens return to the race track but has also found success in his racing career having returned to the cockpit in the Michelin Pilot Challenge with Bryan Herta Autosport in a specially adapted Hyundai.
Wickens, who scored four podiums and a pole position in 2018 has always said that he wants to return to IndyCar if given the opportunity and it would appear that his team boss is working on just that.
Speaking on Thursday ahead of the Rolex 24 Hours, Herta said that there had been a plan for Wickens to make a sensational return to the NTT IndyCar Series for this year’s 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 but that logistically it was impossible.
Herta, who has won the Greatest Spectacle In Racing twice as a team owner with Dan Wheldon and Alexander Rossi is working on getting everything ready for Wickens to return in 2024 and what an incredible moment it will be.
Wickens tweeted on Thursday saying:
I’m incredibly thankful for what @Hyundai has done for me in my road to recovery and am proud to wear their logo each weekend. @BryanHerta has been in my corner since day 1 and I look forward to working with him to continue to challenge what’s possible. #ToBeContinued… pic.twitter.com/F8K4IXv8wK
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) January 26, 2023