Almost a month after a devastating accident in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono, Robert Wickens released a video thanking fans for their support and providing an update on his recovery.
“I just wanted to say that all of your kinds words, and all of your positivity has meant the absolute world to me and my family…,” the 29-year-old said in the video.
“I’m in rehab now, trying to get back to 100 percent as quickly as possible. I don’t know what the future holds for me, it’s going to be a very long road to recovery, and all I can say is I promise you guys that I’m going to work as hard as possible, and train as hard as possible, to make sure I’m back in a racecar as quickly as possible.”
Wickens said he is in rehab; earlier this month he was transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he underwent further surgeries to repair fractures to his hands and legs. In a statement released Sept. 6, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said the severity of the spinal cord Wickens suffered in the crash “remains indeterminate and under evaluation,” adding that “physicians stress it could take weeks or months for the full effects of the injury to be known.”
The #GetWellWickens hashtag on social media and specially designed stickers underscore a wave of support for the SPM driver by the IndyCar community as they rally around the driver who quickly became a fan favorite in his rookie season.