Wickens ends the week with another victory and the birth of his son

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But his return to Canada was cut short when Wickens’ wife Karli gave birth two weeks earlier. Wickens and Wilkins were in the middle of the track walk Thursday when Karli called and told her husband he had to rush to Indianapolis.

“She said, ‘I need you home tomorrow morning,'” Wickens said. “I can’t thank everyone at Bryan Herta Autosport enough – not only for being understanding, but also for not making me feel like there was pressure. They made it very clear that family always comes through. first.

The couple welcomed their son, Wesley Joseph, on Friday and Wickens returned to the track on Saturday to complete his first laps on the circuit. He started last in class, worked his way up to third, and handed the #33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR to Wilkins midway through the race.

“I’ve never been so well prepared before a race,” Wickens said. “But I’ve never jumped into a race without a single practice lap. Honestly, it’s just amazing. I certainly didn’t expect to win.

Wilkins took the lead on a restart with 20 minutes to go and led a podium sweep for three of Herta’s cars.

“The story is really Robert,” Wilkins said. “Arrive without making a lap and overtake three cars on your first lap? He hadn’t shot a lap at all here in I don’t know how many years. Mega drive.

Wickens, who has a consulting role with Arrow McLaren SP in IndyCar, was cheered on by the IndyCar paddock at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“It’s not only impressive to see that he has the courage to step back in the race car and adapt to the manual controls and be aware of everything, and really learn to drive a car again. racing,” said Colton Herta, son of Wickens team owner Bryan Herta.

“It’s impressive when you can just do that, but also be very quick and win a race. It shows the dedication and passion he has for racing. I think everyone at IndyCar is really happy to see that.

Michael Lewis finished second in the #1 Hyundai BHA he co-drive with Taylor Hagler. Harry Gottsacker finished third in the #98 Hyundai BHA he shared with Parker Chase.

“It was a blur,” Wickens said. “Everything until Thursday afternoon was pretty quiet. It has been a world of emotions. I think I shed all my tears on Friday when our son Wesley was born and he was healthy. I just can’t wait to get home and see the baby again.

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