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In column, NBCSN’s Paul Tracy recaps 2015’s IndyCar season, looks ahead to 2016

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You’ve heard from one of our NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analysts in terms of looking back on the 2015 season, with Townsend Bell in his “Ten with Townsend” series.

Meanwhile “T-Bell’s” partner-in-crime in the booth and fellow analyst, Paul Tracy, has also offered his thoughts in a column posted to MotorSport Magazine.

Tracy called Scott Dixon’s title run in the Sonoma finale a “classic performance,” as the Ice Man stayed cool, then seized the moment when Juan Pablo Montoya made a rare mistake, contacting teammate Will Power and hurting his title chances.

Of Montoya losing out on double points, Tracy writes, “After the race we heard some sour grapes from Juan about double points, but he certainly didn’t feel that way about getting double points at Indianapolis. Of course, you can argue until the cows come home about whether or not a 500-mile race or the season finale is worth double points.”

“PT” also touches on the caution for Luca Filippi which changed the completion of the Sonoma race, Penske losing another title and Ganassi winning another one, and what is to come for 2016 – namely, the respective futures of Honda and top IndyCar free agent Josef Newgarden.

He also touched on his second year with NBCSN, and his thoughts on how that went.

“We haven’t made an agreement, but I don’t see any reason why we won’t,” Tracy wrote. “I’ve managed not to swear on air and everything seems to be good. I think I add something to the broadcast and the fans seem to like what I have to say. I’m enjoying it so I hope I continue doing the job.”

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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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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