ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Robert Wickens says he will be in a race car again, saying it's "all I know."
Sitting in a wheelchair and looking to be in good spirits, the Canadian driver talked to media today ahead of Sunday's season-opening IndyCar race.
Wickens, 29, suffered a spinal cord injury during a crash in August an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway and has been rehabilitating in a Denver facility.
The driver from Guelph, Ont., won't compete this season but his Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team is saving a spot for him if he is ever cleared to return.
Wickens said even if he doesn't fully recover from his injury, he could always learn to drive a car using hand controls.
Still, Wickens said he wants to return to driving as he left it — challenging for wins and podium finishes.