Robert Wickens’ first virtual IndyCar race on Saturday seemed almost like the real thing.
“My eyes were burning,” the Canadian told NBCSN after getting behind the wheel for the first time since a near fatal crash two years ago.
“It was a ride,” Wickens said of working his way through the turns of the virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama while sitting in his basement as he finished eighth behind Australian winner Scott McLaughlin after an embarrassing moment in qualifying.
“I was so mad at myself,” Wickens said. “I spun out in the last corner, which I had never done in the entire time on the sim(ulator).
“So I started last and so we made the bold strategy of trying to make it on one stop under yellow. I felt there was a better chance of me not spinning out