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Robert Wickens to drive pace car at Indy event this weekend

Still recovering from last year's crash, Guelph driver will use hand controls in a specially-designed vehicle at the Toronto Honda Indy to lead the parade lap
Robert Wickens. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports photo

Guelph race car driver Robert Wickens will be returning to the race track for the first time this weekend since suffering terrible injuries in a crash last August.

Wickens, still recovering from spinal injuries, will use hand controls in a special pace car as he will lead the parade lap at the Toronto Honda Indy car race on Sunday.

Wickens made the announcement on Twitter.

"Some pretty exciting news to  share with you, probably just as exciting as when I shared my first steps," said Wickens, who has been doing his rehabilitation at a facility in Colorado," Wickens said.

Wickens, 30, said he is thrilled because he gets to drive his girlfriend in the car, who has been his "chauffeur" since his accident.

"I'm so excited. I can't wait to get a helmet on and go around in a car," said Wickens, promising to go fast.