Robert Wickens confirms he is paralyzed from waist down

Robert Wickens celebrates his third place finish at the Honda Indy in Toronto on Sunday

Robert Wickens celebrates his third place finish at the Honda Indy in Toronto on Sunday

"Did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today". That is where Wickens continues to undergo intensive physical rehabilitation in hopes that he can one day walk again.

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt, shown in the background of Wickens' video, and fellow SPM owner Ric Peterson have vowed to have a vehicle waiting for Wickens to drive when he is able.

Wickens' vehicle came into contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay's on the seventh lap of the 500-mile race and got thrown into the catch fencing, which caused it to go into a flat spin as it slid across the track and crashed into the inside wall.

In his most recent post, Wickens said while his upper body strength is improving, "the reality is, I am far away from walking on my own". "I'm 55 days into my recovery and I am feeling better and stronger everyday!" he wrote.

The crash which involved Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay launched Wickens into the catch fencing at Turn 2, since then Wickens has had multiple surgeries to insert titanium rods and screws to help his spine heal as well as other surgeries to help heal his fractured arms and legs.

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Some showboating in midfield led Everton to win the ball and launch the attack that led to their spot kick. Ademola Lookman prepared to come on around the hour mark, coming on to replace Bernard in the 62nd minute.

Nearly 70 days into his recovery, the former Formula Renault 3.5 champion confirms he has "never worked harder for anything in [his] life", as was demonstrated by a video posted on October 13 showing Wickens doing 20 single row reps with his right arm, despite doctor's advising him to only do 10!

The Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver was the IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and had proven adept at making the transition from sports cars to open-wheel cars.

He was an immediate sensation, winning the pole for his first-ever IndyCar start and almost winning the race the following day in the March 11 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Wickens placed in the top five in seven races.

His next race after Mid-Ohio was the ill-fated contest at Pocono Raceway that has left Wickens fighting to regain the slightest muscle movement in his legs.

Despite not competing in the last three races of the season, and the Sonoma race being worth double points, Wickens finished tied for 10th in the 2018 IndyCar championship standings.

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