Considering the circumstances surrounding the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda’s full-time driver, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has announced that Robert Wickens’ familiar red and black machine will not see the race track this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.
In what seems to be the thousandth press release made public by Schmidt Peterson this week, the statement also re-affirmed that fellow Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe has been cleared to drive by INDYCAR and his No. 5 ARROW Honda will race as planned in St. Louis.
Hinchcliffe sustained cuts and bruising to his hands after being involved in the same accident that included Wickens, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi. While the other three drivers appeared to be shaken after the accident, Hinchcliffe and Wickens were the only two pilots with reported injuries to this point.
A red flag period followed the multi-car crash and halted the ABC Supply 500 for nearly two hours.
The announcement to exclude the No. 6 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 is a nice touch of class from the organization run by Sam Schmidt.
This does not necessarily mean that the No. 6 will be excluded from races at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway in September, but it does allow the organization at this time to catch their breath and focus on Wickens’ well being instead of a replacement driver search.
Quite honestly, I found myself unable to craft an article on possible Wickens replacements at this time – even when it was apparent he would not be in the car this weekend.
Open-Wheels.com applauds the decision by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and we will continue to follow this story as updates are made available. If you would like to send get well cards to Robert Wickens, please use the address listed below:
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Attn: Veronica Knowlton
6803 Coffman Rd Indianapolis, IN 46268
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