Robert Wickens to drive modified Acura NSX during IndyCar Toronto pace lap

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens — paralyzed from the waist down after a crash in 2018 — will pilot an Acura NSX equipped with special hand controls at Honda Indy Toronto this weekend. It marks the first time the 30-year-old has driven in public since the violent wreck at Pocono Raceway last August.

Wickens will drive the car on the parade lap for Sunday’s main event with fiancée Karli Woods by his side in the passenger seat. The car’s controls were installed by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports sponsor Arrow Electronics.

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

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

I’M GETTING BACK IN A CAR! I’ll be doing the parade lap for the @hondaindy! This is just amazing and couldn’t happen without the help of @arrowelectronics installing the hand controls and @HondaRacing_HPD trusting me with such an awesome car! #IndyTO #ArrowDriven #SCIrecovery pic.twitter.com/mmaTIlrxCW

Wickens has documented his progress toward hopefully walking again via his social media channels, inspiring the industry along the way.

Wickens first returned to the IndyCar paddock in March at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. That is where he first spoke to Arrow about making this moment a reality.

“I’m so excited to see everybody during the Honda Indy Toronto weekend,” he said. “I can’t thank Arrow enough. I can’t thank the Honda/Acura group enough. I can’t thank Green Savoree (promotions) enough for making this happen. 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.”

The new and improved No. 6 is equipped with upgraded technology, and with @RobertWickens back behind the wheel, these simple modifications will make the Acura NSX debut in Toronto a ride to remember. pic.twitter.com/hmkyXSDdcA

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