YouTube helps Wickens win St. Petersburg pole


Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

Robert Wickens has zero IndyCar experience and has never raced through St. Petersburg. To figure out what he needed to do, the Canadian turned to YouTube and binge-watched over two days every previous event around the temporary street course.

By the time Wickens went out in Saturday’s qualifying session, he felt pretty comfortable on the track.

So comfortable that the rookie knocked Will Power off the pole and will lead the field to green in his first career IndyCar race today. Wickens is the third since 1993 to win the pole in his IndyCar debut, joining Nigel Mansell at Surfer’s Paradise in 1993 and Sebastien Bourdais at St. Pete in 2003.

“I need to polish up on the rules and figure out how to start an IndyCar race, first of all,” Wickens said. “I had planned on going with the flow, and now I’m controlling the race.”

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