Munoz to replace Wickens for Portland, Sonoma

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Munoz to replace Wickens for Portland, Sonoma

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Munoz to replace Wickens for Portland, Sonoma

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Carlos Munoz will join Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season to drive the team’s No. 6 Honda in place of the injured Robert Wickens.

Munoz spent 2014-2016 in a full-time capacity for Andretti Autosport before switching to A.J. Foyt Racing last year, and other than a one-off at the Indy 500 with Andretti in May, the talented Colombian has been idle for most of the season.

“Robert and his family have been in my prayers and I continue to pray for his recovery,” Munoz said. “I’m very grateful that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have entrusted me to compete in the Lucas Oil Honda for the last two races of the season. I am looking forward to pushing hard for a great result for the team and for Robert.”

Known as one of the finer oval drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Munoz has also proven his capabilities on road and street courses when he’s been handed a front-running car. A win at Detroit in 2015 stands as the 26-year-old’s career highlight in the series, and with podiums at Long Beach and Houston in 2014, plus Mid-Ohio in 2016, Munoz has the potential to complement James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 SPM Honda.

It’s believed a number of drivers were being considered for the No. 6 SPM entry, but the asking price ultimately narrowed the candidate list to a smaller group of options for the Sam Schmidt- and Ric Peterson-owned team.

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