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Robert Wickens is feeling a need for speed

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Injured IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has good news: he’s feeling a need for more speed.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver took to Twitter earlier this week to ask members of the Formula E Series to help him gain more power for his electric wheelchair, which he uses to get around the Indianapolis-area facility where he continues rehabilitation from his horrific August 19th crash at Pocono Raceway.

“ATTENTION ANY @FIAFormulaE TEAMS OR STAFF How can I make my electric wheel chair faster without the hospital knowing?” Wickens quipped in his tweet.

The request makes sense, given that Formula E cars are electric-powered by batteries.

So, Formula E folks, can you help Wickens out?

Without the nurses and doctors knowing, of course.

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F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.