It was only a matter of time before Robert Wickens would win a race. Saturday at Watkins Glen Wickens and co driver Mark Wilkins won the TC/R class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge race. The team finished at Daytona during the Rolex 24 weekend.
Wickens started the race, the Tioga Downs 250, in the Hyundai Elantra owned by Bryan Herta Autosport. He took the lead, then handed the car to Wilkins to finish the race.
In a weekend of national turmoil, it was nice to see a positive, uplifting story like this. Wickens’ comeback story has been an inspiration to many since his paralyzing accident at Pocono in 2018. (Thanks, NBC, for continuing to show it. We don’t need to see it anymore.)
I’m hearing rumors of a car dropping from the grid due to nonpayment by the sponsor. We may not be able to confirm this until the Mid Ohio entry list comes out. Losing a car would be a bit of a blow to the series, which has had a mostly positive season to date. If you have looked at other sources, you have an idea who I’m talking about.
I am curious about how you view races. Do you still watch on NBC? How many of you watch exclusively on Peacock? Please let me know. If you watch on Peacock, what do you like about it compared to the network broadcast? Thanks.
I believe 2014 was the last season in which the defending series champions dii not win a race in the first half of the year. Will Alex Palou break through sometime before September? I wouldn’t bet against it. I’m not sure it is going to be this weekend though.
Mid Ohio coverage starts tomorrow. I’ll be on site starting Friday with my usual drivel and boring stories.
4 thoughts on “Comeback Complete: Wickens Wins at Watkins Glen; Some Notes”
I TiVo all the races on TV in case I’m not able to watch live. And so I can replay parts as needed. I have watched on Peacock when I wasn’t at home. It’s okay. But I hate that I can’t start watching the race from the beginning if I join late while it’s still live. If that makes sense.
Thanks for your input. I have heard that about live events on Peacock.
I DVR everything on network just so I can pause and also for catching up if I missed the start. Peacock is great for what it covers, but you can only join live if something is in progress.
Thanks Rick. I’ve gotten that comment from.others as well
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