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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Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.