Arrow McLaren SP’s Robert Wickens will get back behind the wheel of an NTT IndyCar on Saturday albeit in the virtual world as he participates in round 2 of the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst.

The Canadian who hasn’t driven an IndyCar since 2018 says that the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park is his first step to getting back behind the wheel of an IndyCarin the real world. Wickens’ steering wheel has special hand controls which was built by former driver Max Papis.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s race, Wickens who has expressed a great interest in test driving Alex Zanardi’s hand controlled BMW race car commented saying:

The biggest thing for me is although this is fun, I see this as the long-term project of getting me back into the race car. “I always knew through simulation was going to be the best way to trial different handbrake or paddle configurations. This is step one of a hundred to get me back into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Wickens will drive the No.6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet alongside his team mates Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward.

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