Wickens, Hinchcliffe form IndyCar ‘Eh Team’July 11, 2018
Despite racing against each other, Wickens said being teammates with Hinchcliffe has proved to be mutually beneficial.
“There’s a corner he’ll take that might be better than me, (or) one that I’m doing that’s better than him, then we’ll reconvene after the session talk,” said Wickens.
“And we’re both good enough drivers that we can learn what the other person is doing and be better.”
Before joining forces this season, the two managed to maintain their friendship over the course of nearly two decades by keeping tabs on each other’s performances and talking on a weekly basis, even when living on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
“We’ve always had such a friendly, competition-based relationship. It’s always been that, ‘anything you can do, I can do better,'” said Wickens.
Both racers will be looking to become only the second Canadian to win in Toronto. Paul Tracy did it in 1993 and 2003.
Tracy said in a phone interview on Monday that Wickens has performed well in races similar to Toronto earlier this season. Wickens won the pole the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida and led for 69 laps, but finished fifth after a collision with Alexander Rossi.
“It’s not going to be easy but Wickens has been super fast on street tracks courses all year,” Tracy said, “so he’s got a good shot.”
Wickens, who hasn’t raced in Canada since competing in Toronto as part of the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic, would love for his first IndyCar win to come in front of family and friends this weekend, including some who rented a school bus to travel to the race.
“That would be the dream,” said Wickens.
By Mike Shulman, The Canadian Press