The Verizon IndyCar Series rolled into Arizona over the weekend for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway. At Paddock Eye we have decided to introduce a new post race feature called ‘IndyCar Star Of The Race’
This week, we want to award the inaugural prize to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens who drives the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda alongside the Mayor Of HinchTown James Hinchcliffe.
‘Whiky Bobby’ as he is commonly known as made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut last month at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where he started the race from pole position, claiming his first Verizon P1 Award, sadly for the Canadian he was forced to retire from the race.
In his first ever oval race, having joined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and the Verizon IndyCar Series from the German Touring Car Championship, Wickens started the race from sixth place alongside team mate James Hinchcliffe who started the race in fifth place.
Wickens ran up front all day and traded the lead with the Mayor of HinchTown a number of times before taking the lead in the closing stages of the 250 lap race, on lap 198 reigning series champion Josef Newgarden took the lead of the race however, Wickens managed to keep the fast charging Alexander Rossi at bay to secure he maiden podium finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Wickens showed on Saturday night the majority of Verizon IndyCar Series veteran and not a rookie driver just two races into his Verizon IndyCar Series career.