Dec 15

Quick repair work allows Wickens to test new car at Sebring

Considering what they went through just to get the car to Sebring

Robert Wickens and James HinchcliffeOne thing above all else bothered Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew members today at Sebring International Raceway: The engine cover on their car wasn’t painted.

Considering what they went through just to get the car to Sebring, an unpainted part shouldn’t have been that bothersome. But it was. And there’s a reason behind it.

During a Honda test last week at Phoenix Raceway, the car suddenly broke away from James Hinchcliffe and hit the wall. With just a week to get the damaged car from Phoenix to the team’s Indianapolis shop, repair it and get it to Sebring for another Honda test, paint was the last item on the to-do list.

“They’re such perfectionists that it’s kind of killing them that there’s still some carbon fiber showing on the car,” said Robert Wickens, who drove the 2018 universal aero kit for the first time today on Sebring’s short road course. “It was honestly amazing. It’s the rollout year (of the new kit), a week after it crashed, and yet not a single issue on the car – not even a sensor problem. It shows how professional these guys are and how good this operation is.”

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source: Indycar.com