Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The IndyCar field surprised Robert Wickens with an early 30th birthday celebration before Sunday’s race at St. Petersburg.

Wickens is at a track for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in an August race. He turns 30 on Wednesday.

Wickens was surprised before the morning warmup when all 24 drivers in Sunday’s race greeted him in the paddock and sang “Happy Birthday to You” as he was surrounded by gold balloons.

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