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Sebastian Montoya to race in F4 for Prema Powerteam

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The son of one of racing’s most versatile drivers is set to make his single-seater debut this season.

Sebastian Montoya, the 14-year-old son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and current IMSA driver Juan Pablo Montoya, will race for Prema Powerteam in Formula 4 this season.

Having raced karts in the U.S. since the age of 8, Montoya will contest the full 2020 Italian F4 championship for the team, as well as selected races in the German ADAC-promoted F4 series.

“I am very excited to start racing cars and to have the opportunity to race F4 in 2020 with such a great team,” Montoya said. “Prema is a top team and has all the equipment and people to help me learn and grow as a driver. The competition will be tough, but it is better because it will make me challenge myself on and off track.”

Sebastian will join fellow rookies Gabriel Bortoleto, Gabriele Mini and Dino Beganovic on Prema’s F4 team.

“We are delighted to welcome Sebastian to the team,” team principal Angelo Rosin said in a release. “He is a great addition to our lineup and is already experiencing a positive transition to single-seaters.

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“For him, this will be a learning year, but by what we have seen so far, he can quickly become a leading contender. We cannot wait to get the season started. It will be exciting to work with so many talented young drivers.”

During Rolex 24 testing at Daytona International Speedway last month, Juan Pablo Montoya told NBC Sports about the time and travel that he and his family have invested in supporting his son’s career.

On hoping to race with his son in the future, the 44-year-old Montoya said, “I think that would be awesome. Honestly, I think that would be really, really cool to get to race with Sebastian (at Daytona). That would be a very cool experience.

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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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