When IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe visited best friend and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate Robert Wickens on Monday, they decided to go for a ride together.
Wickens is recovering from serious injuries suffered in a crash at Pocono Raceway on August 19 and several resulting surgeries in an Indianapolis medical rehab facility.
Hinchcliffe stopped by to visit Wickens and decided to hitch a ride with his buddy, who gets around for now in a power wheelchair.
Hinchcliffe got in a regular chair with – very squeaky – wheels and let Wickens’ wheelchair pull the two of them together.
But if the self-professed “eh team” from Canada go on another “ride” anytime soon, the Mayor of Hinchtown may want to bring a can of WD-40 with him the next time.
To find out why that is, as well as to see the pair of buddies with big smiles on their faces, check out Wickens’ tweet below.
Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.
But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.
As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:
“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.
“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.
“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”