Several members of the IndyCar community were all in the same setting last Saturday. But instead of at a race track, they were all at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, Indiana to celebrate the wedding of Robert Wickens and Karli Woods.
For Wickens, the wedding presented the opportunity to honor a promise he made to both his new wife and himself, one which he told NBC Sports’ Kelli Servast in an interview that aired before IndyCar’s season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg in March
“One of my main goals is that I need to be on my feet at my wedding,” Wickens said in the interview. “That’s really almost what’s driving me more than getting back into an IndyCar.
In a photo he shared on Twitter Monday, Wickens did just that, an amazing feat for the 30-year-old who is still recovering from a spinal cord injury sustained in an August 2018 IndyCar race crash at Pocono Raceway.
Many other members of the motorsport community were in attendance at the wedding, including Wickens’ best friend and NTT IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, as well as fellow drivers Marco Andretti and wife Marta, Max Chilton and wife Chloe, and Graham Rahal and wife Courtney Force.
Wickens and the now former Karli Woods practiced their first dance together as a married couple a few weeks ago, which Woods tweeted about.
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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.
The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.
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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.
Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).
Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.
Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.
The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
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