Robert Wickens returned to a race track for the first time since his accident. He spoke to the media. He is in good spirits and doing well. Some excerpts:
“Being back at a race track makes everything a little better.”
“It was strange being on the smart side of the pit wall.”
“I’m getting some stuff back. Trying to utilize every day to get as healthy as I can.”
He called the fan support here at St. Petersburg “Amazing. I thought the fans would be more focused on the race cars.” “Fan support has been a big motivation piece.”
“100%” he wants to race again. “I want tog et back into racing as I left off. I don’t want to just run at the back of the field.”
Wickens’ appearance was a great emotional lift for him. I think it was just as much as an emotional lift for the media. The press doesn’t usually applaud at the end of a conference.
A pleasant problem-Additional teams at a street course race means a more crowded paddock.
It’s not quite 10:30 and there is already a good sized crowd here.
The top six in Practice 1 were all Hondas. Rookie Felix Rosenqvist led the session with a time of 1:01.8215. Josef Newgarden was the fastest Chevy 0,35 seconds behind. The rookies I spoke with the other day are interested to see how the red tires work in today’s second session.
Dale Coyne announced a third car for James Davison for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Davison drove for Belardi in partnership with A. J. Foyt Racing last year. he finished 33rd. Davison becomes the official 33rd entry for this year’s field.
Max Chilton has the best looking car.