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IndyCar’s new aero kits get 1st laps on 1.5-mile oval

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) IndyCar’s new sleek cars with universal aero kits got their first laps on a 1 1/2-mile oval when Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe tested at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hinchcliffe said he and Dixon were both impressed “out of the box” with the aero kits during testing Monday. The daylong session included the duo driving side-by-side to simulate race conditions.

“It does all the things a race car should do and not a whole lot of what a race car shouldn’t do,” Hinchcliffe said.

The new cars have noticeable differences to the side and rear areas. Dixon said they should be better in traffic and lead to some great racing.

The aero kit had already been tested on road courses and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2 1/2-mile oval.

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Wickens shares new update, shown working on a pedal machine as he continues rehab

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Robert Wickens continues his recovery from injuries sustained in a crash at Pocono Raceway in August.

On Friday, Wickens posted a new video of his rehab efforts on his twitter page. In the new update, Wickens is shown working on a pedal machine while connected to electrodes as part of his physical therapy.

Wickens even quipped “I’m riding a bike!” in the short video.

The IndyCar Series community continues to rally around Wickens and offer support as he continues the rehab process, and several of his fellow drivers responded and offered more messages of support.

Prior to the season-ending INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma, Wickens released his first video update since the Pocono crash, thanking everyone for their concerns and kind words of encouragement.

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