ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — His psychologist has warned Robert Wickens to consider the worst viable situations as he recovers from a spinal wire injury. Wickens prefers to suppose only approximately the day while he’s no longer in a wheelchair and capable of race motors again. “There’s an intellectual issue that I’m nonetheless having a tough time accepting,” Wickens stated Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. “When I see a chair, I need to sit down in that chair; I don’t want to sit in my wheelchair. Right now, I feel find it irresistible’s only a transient transportation device until I get something higher. But after I look into my future, I will now not receive me being in a wheelchair.
” Wickens lower back to a race music Friday for the first time since his terrible August crash at some stage in an IndyCar race at Pocono. The Canadian suffered a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord harm, a neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in each hand, a fractured proper forearm, a fractured elbow, four fractured ribs, and a pulmonary contusion. His spinal doctor warned him it would be probably take at the least six months to increase any feeling or motor characteristic in his legs. On Thursday, he made a factor for strolling up the steps of the aircraft he boarded to take him to St. Petersburg. “Here we’re at six months, and I even have what I have,” Wickens stated. “I think it’s hard to complain, however with the development that I’ve made; I locate myself complaining virtually frequently due to how badly I want it and the way hard I’m running for it. I don’t need this. I don’t want to get better. I need to be the nice spinal restoration within the records of spinal recovery. “I don’t need to stroll. I want to walk wherein there are no substantive differences. I don’t need a foot drag; I don’t need anything. I’m treating this as strictly a commercial enterprise project for myself and recovering is my process.” Wickens has two most important desires for his recuperation. He wants as a minimum one dance at his September wedding ceremony, and he adamantly desires to race once more. He is sure he’ll compete again at some point, regardless of how his recuperation progresses, because of era and hand controls. But Wickens desires to come returned at the same stage he becomes at before his twist of fate, which ended a dream rookie season for the IndyCar newcomer. He grew up racing with James Hinchcliffe, and the Canadians became near pals, and it was Hinchcliffe who pushed Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to hire Wickens last season. He spent most of his professional profession racing journeying vehicles in Europe and was an unknown when he became up at St. Pete closing yr as the quiet guy seated after Hinchcliffe within the motive force autograph session. But Wickens received the pole for his debut race then led all but the very last laps — he turned into spun from the lead by using Alexander Rossi and denied his first victory. The promising debut becomes followed by using four podium finishes, and he becomes 6th inside the standings at the time of his accident, a young big name for the collection. Despite missing the final three races of the season, Wickens still earned IndyCar’s top rookie award. “I think again to like my autograph consultation one calendar yr in the past in which no one knew who I was and everybody was like speak to James and the fans just took my card because I became proper beside him and that they felt sorry for me or something,” Wickens said. “The entire season just went so well; the complete 12 months turned into almost too desirable to be true. I’m still mad that I didn’t get to complete it.” Sam Schmidt, the quadriplegic proprietor of the race crew, has promised an automobile for Wickens while he can go back. Schmidt has been an aid for Wickens at some stage in the healing, and Wickens has come to take into account that no two spinal cord injuries are equal. There isn’t any timetable to observe, and he surely doesn’t recognize it or while he could be out of the wheelchair. He relocated to Colorado to be in the direction of a rehabilitation facility, where he places in six hours or extra of work six days every week. His eating regimen is stricter than while he becomes racing, and his health level has also multiplied. Wickens, who will turn 30 following week, believes his success in IndyCar was handiest going to maintain and it’s far his purpose to select up in which he left off when he does go back. “I want to quit my profession on my own, and I’m on the great degree of my profession thus far, and I became only going to get higher, and I feel adore it became simply taken away,” Wickens stated. “Mentally that’s been the toughest aspect for me to triumph over due to the fact I want it after I come returned. I need to come back as I become pre-damage. I don’t need to come back again as a person that’s there, but back racing like I want to and tough for wins and podiums. “If now not, I think I’ll be so frustrated due to the fact my whole life I’ve always been competing for wins. I experience a high-quality ardor for this recreation; however, I have a great greater passion for triumphing.”