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Wickens making a racing comeback with a BHA Hyundai TCR car

Wickens has been rehabilitating since the brutal accident at the IndyCar race in Pocono in August 2018. The accident resulted in a thoracic spinal fracture, a spinal cord injury, a neck fracture, a fracture of the tibia and fibula of both legs, a fracture of both hands, and a fracture of the right forearm. , Fractured elbow, contusion, 4 fractured ribs and lung contusion.

Almost 1000 days later, in Mid-Ohio, Ohio last May, Wickens evaluated one of the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Velosters equipped with hand controls.

He has now formed an all-Canada lineup with touring car ace Mark Wilkins in BHA’s # 33 Elantra N TCR race car at the 4-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Endurance Race in Daytona on January 28th. Debut

“I spent many nights dreaming about this moment, and with the support of Bryan Herta and Hyundai, everything is becoming a reality,” said four in the first 12 IndyCar races. Wickens, who won the podium and pole position, said. Before the crash that changed his life. “I’m hungry to compete for victory again than before the accident.

“I’m really looking forward to blending in with the entire Bryan Herta Autosport team and finally tasting the Hyundai Elantra NTCR for the first time.”

Bryan Herta, who saw the Hyundai team win three IMPC titles, said: We were amazed at his determination and dedication, along with his many, many fans, following Robert’s rehab.

“It’s really great to announce now that he’s returning his professional motorsports to one of our Hyundai Elantra NTCR cars. With great support from Hyundai and the way back to where Robert belongs. Thank you for helping me build it. “

The # 33 Elantra N is equipped with a custom hand control system designed by BHA technical director David Brown and development engineer Jonathan Gormley. The system features a metal ring behind the steering wheel that is connected to the brake pedal by a series of rods that are pulled by a finger to activate the brakes. Two linked throttle paddles and shift paddles, also mounted behind the steering wheel, allow the driver to accelerate, shift and provide steering input.

Robert Wickens Steering Wheel

Photo: IMSA

Wilkins has a switch that disables the hand throttle when taking over from Wickens, and Elantra uses traditional foot pedals to accelerate and brake while driving.

Since the accident, Hyundai said, “Wickens’ patience and tenacity have brought a victorious breakthrough in the relentless regime of physiotherapy and rehabilitation that continues daily. Wickens and his therapists and trainers. The team has become a pioneer in developing innovative technologies and treatments for the spinal cord injury community. “

BHA’s six lineup will be tested at Daytona from January 21st to 23rd. IMPC Field gets track time during the “Roar 24 Days Ago” session of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The 4-hour IMPC race will take place on Friday, January 28, at 1:35 pm EST.

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# 33 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curves-Agajanian Hyundai Elantra N held in Laguna Seca last August.

# 33 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curves-Agajanian Hyundai Elantra N held in Laguna Seca last August.

Photo: Art Fleischmann Wickens making a racing comeback with a BHA Hyundai TCR car

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