And may a Touring Cars Championship be a possibility now?
By now Y’all know that former IndyCar Driver Robert Wickens has just claimed His first motor racing victory in some five years at Watkins Glen. Where Wickens was competing in the IMSA Watkins Glen Six Hours Undercard Michelin Pilot Challenge race.
As Wickens who started third in the two Hours race aboard the #33 Brian Herta Autosport (BHA) Hyundai Elantra TCR racecar, drove His way to the lead before handing over to teammate Mark Wilkins with 57mins remaining. As Wilkins then Held off a late race charge by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce of Tim Lewis, with thee Young Wicky’, nee Robert Wickens watching from His Wheelchair in Pitlane behind the Timing Stand.
And like All Racers, Wickens Hopes this is the first of many victories to come, even if now utilizing Hand Controls in a Touring Car while being paralyzed. As who knows how far Wickens will go?
As I still say it would be Awesome to see Wickens, His Best Friend thee Mayor ‘O Hinchtown, nee James Hinchcliffe and I Dunno? ‘Ol Sugar Ray Tracy’, aka Paul Tracy contest the 24 Hours of Daytona in the GTD Pro Class, although No clue what Manufacturer they could drive for…
Naturally, After I finished this story, things got Massively better for Robert Wickents. As His Wife Carly called and said their first Child was expected sooner than expected, like in 24 Hours! So Wickens drove from Trois-Rivieres late Night “Back Home Again” to Indianapolis in order to be on Hand for the Birth of His Son Wesley. And then having not only missed Thursday’s Track Walk, but Qualifying too; for which the Qualifying Driver Starts the race. Wickens started Dead last on race morning with Zero laps in the Car, since the team’s determined it’s easier pulling Robby’ outta the car then trying to “Insert” Him during the Pit Stop! So Wickens summarily Hauled His #33 Hyundai Elantra TCR racecar up to third in class before handing over to teammate Mark Wilkins.
As Wilkens carved His way forward with the pair winning their second consecutive race in a week’s time! With the win Not only being Sweet for the pair ‘O Hosers’ winning Up Norht Eh! But also being only a couple of Hours from Wilkins Home city of Toronto. With His Wife and Children being on Hand to witness their win!