Rodolfo Gonzalez set for IndyCar debut with Coyne at Barber

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Venezuelan driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will be the latest driver in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda, as he’ll make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Gonzalez tested multiple times this offseason for both Coyne and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, including at Barber.

He’s the fourth driver in the No. 18 in the last 10 days, dating to the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12, in what’s been a surreal sequence of events.

Carlos Huertas went from running second under caution to spinning out before a restart at NOLA. Rocky Moran Jr. was due to replace him at Long Beach, only to break his thumb after a practice accident on Friday, and then Conor Daly replaced him.

Gonzalez made eight FP1 appearances with Marussia’s Formula 1 team in 2013. He also made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year.

In four seasons and 64 starts in GP2 from 2009 to 2012, Gonzalez scored points in only three races.

Francesco Dracone is set to make his fourth of four scheduled starts in the second car, the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: