Robby Gordon’s new Stadium Super Trucks series just got a voicemail from the 1990s: They called and want their IndyCar superstars back.
Three of the biggest names during one of open-wheel racing’s most memorable decades – Gordon, Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser – will take to the streets of Toronto this weekend in a completely different form of machinery: the Stadium Super Trucks.
A late add to what was already a jam-packed schedule, SST will run a doubleheader for Rounds 7 and 8 of its season. Round 7 will occur Saturday evening after the IZOD IndyCar Series concludes its first race of the weekend, will Round 8 will occur just before IndyCar’s second race.
These three bring huge star power and impressive resumes to SST from their time in Toronto. Tracy, the local son from Scarborough, Ontario, who last raced an IndyCar in Toronto in 2011, has two prior wins (2003 and 1993) at Exhibition Place.
Vasser, the 1996 IndyCar champion, has a best result of second (2004) in Toronto. The KV Racing Technology co-owner (pictured, right) will be pulling double duty as he’ll also perform his usual role on Tony Kanaan’s radio.
Gordon last raced in Toronto in 1999, with a best result of fifth place in 1995 driving for Derrick Walker. Walker is now IndyCar’s new president of competition and operations.
Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.
Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.
In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.
“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”
Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.
In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.
Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.
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