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Robert Wickens

Robert Wickens, Hockenheim, Germany, 2009. Copyright, Stella Marie Thomas, 2018. Used with Permission.

Robert Wickens, Hockenheim, Germany, 2009. Copyright, Stella Marie Thomas, 2018. Used with Permission.

Born:

13 Mar 1989
Toronto, Ontario

Nationality:

Canada

Indy 500s:

1 (2018)

Finally made it to Indycar in 2018, after twice coming very close to a debut in 2017 after other drivers became ill or had visa problems. Wickens has raced in Canada, Europe and the US in his career; he won the Formula BMW title in 2006. He then moved to Champ Car Atlantic, but instead of Indycars, Robert moved to Europe where over the course of the next few years raced in Formula Renault, Formula 3, GP3, Formula 2 and Formula Renault 3.5. In Formula 2, he became the first winner of the newly-formed series, finishing runner-up in the 2009 series. In Formula Renault 3.5, he won the title, beating Jean-Eric Vergne to the championship. He then drove in the DTM as a Mercedes-backed young driver, spending six seasons in the series, winning six times. In 2018, Robert won the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award and the Indycar Series Rookie of the Year Award, and was in title contention until a massive crash at Pocono ended his season early. It led to serious injuries, which currently have left Robert paralysed from the chest down. Whether he walks again, let alone races, is yet to be seen, but he will continue his recovery regardless.

Biography last updated 28 Oct 2018