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Great news: Robert Wickens takes to social media to give update on condition

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SONOMA, California – IndyCar driver Robert Wickens lifted a lot of spirits before Sunday’s season-ending Grand Prix of Sonoma, making his first public appearance in nearly a month since his violent crash at Pocono Raceway on August 19.

Wickens took to on social media, releasing a video on both his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts, and gave viewers an update on how his recovery is coming along.

Wickens lifted a lot of spirits – particularly among his fellow drivers who have shown great support of their comrade – by saying he’s looking forward to return to racing “as quickly as possible.”

Wickens’ video showed him sitting up in his bed wearing a protective rib vest, a neck brace and a wrist cast. He also has an Indianapolis Motor Speedway blanket on his lap.

Here’s what Wickens said in the 54 second video:

“It’s obviously been a long time since I’ve posted anything on social media. I just want to say that all your kind words and positivity have meant the world to me and my family.

“I’m in rehab now, trying to get back to 100 percent as quickly as possible. I don’t know what the future holds for me. It’s going to be a very long road to recovery.

“All I can say is I can promise you guys that I’m going to work as hard as possible, and train as hard as possible, to make sure I’m back in a race car as quickly as possible.

“That’s all I can say for now and I just want to say good luck to everybody in Sonoma this weekend. I’m going to be watching from my TV here, and just good luck to everybody.”

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).