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Santiago Urrutia to make Indy Lights return with HMD Motorsports

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After spending a year away from open-wheel racing, Santiago Urrutia is set to return to Indy Lights competition this season.

Urrutia will drive the No. 55 Dallara IL-15 for HMD Motorsports, joining teammate David Malukas.

The 2020 season will be the fourth for Urrutia in Indy Lights, where he has eight victories. Urrutia previously finished runner-up in the points standings in 2016 and 2017 and finished third in 2018.

“I have worked extremely hard to be back in the Indy Lights paddock as my ultimate goal is IndyCar,” Urrutia said. “The HMD Motorsports team is on the rise and, in my opinion, a major threat for the championship. I am happy to be reunited with my engineer from the past, Tim Neff, and working with David Malukas. I can’t wait to get the season started.”

Urrutia spent the 2019 racing with Team WRT in the TCR Europe Touring Car Series, where he collected two podiums in 13 races and finished third overall in the championship standings.

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Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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