Wickens to drive modified Acura NSX at Honda Indy Toronto

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Robert Wickens will drive an Acura NSX equipped with special hand controls at the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend, marking the first time the 30-year-old Canadian has driven in public since his IndyCar crash at Pocono Raceway last August.

Wickens, with his fiance Karli Woods as passenger, will drive the car during the parade lap for the IndyCar race on Sunday. The special hand controls were installed by long-time Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports partner Arrow Electronics.

Wickens made the announcement in a video posted to his Twitter profile Monday afternoon.

“I’m just so excited. I can’t wait to get a helmet on,” Wickens said in the video.

Since his crash last August, Wickens has been documenting his rehabilitation process via Twitter and Instagram, keeping fans and competitors alike up to date on his progress, and serving as an inspiration to many.

Wickens first returned to the IndyCar paddock at the season-opener in St. Petersburg in March, where he first had discussions with Arrow representatives about the possibility of getting into a race car again.

“I’m so excited to see everybody during the Honda Indy Toronto weekend. I can’t thank Arrow enough. I can’t thank the Honda/Acura group enough. I can’t thank Green Savoree enough for making this happen,” Wickens said. “I just can’t wait to get going.”

“I need to learn these hand control stuff to see how quick I am – and I’m going to be driving as fast as I can.”

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Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.