Robert Wickens determined to return to racing ‘as quickly as possible’

Canadian driver Robert Wickens takes to Instagram from his hospital bed, says it will be a long road to recovery, but promises fans he'll work as hard as possible to get back into a race car.

Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens appears determined to return to racing.

Taking to social media Sunday afternoon for the first time since his horrific accident, the Guelph, Ont., native offered an update on the status of his rehabilitation, thanking the support that has come his way and declaring he’s working towards a comeback.

“I just wanted to say that all your kind words and all your positivity has meant the absolute world to me and my family,” Wickens said in his video message.

“I’m in rehab now trying to get back to 100 per cent 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. All I can say is I promise you guys that I’m going to work as hard as possible, train as hard as possible to make sure I’m back in a race car as quickly as possible.”

Afterwards, the 29-year-old offered best wishes to all his fellow drivers who raced in the IndyCar season finale in Sonoma this past weekend.

Wickens was involved in a terrifying crash Aug. 19 at Pocono that saw his car get thrown into the catch fence. He suffered a fractured spinal cord and neck as well as several other injuries, putting his racing future in question.

Scott Dixon finished second Sunday at Sonoma to win his fifth career IndyCar title.

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