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Carlos Muñoz Subbing for Robert Wickens at Portland

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will field the No. 6 entry this weekend at Portland International Raceway in the IndyCar Series, with Carlos Muñoz the driver, a week after leaving the entry vacant at last weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway, Motorsport reports.

Muñoz’s tapping to drive the car comes after Robert Wickens, the usual driver of the No. 6, suffered injuries in an accident at the Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19 in the early stages of the ABC Supply 500.

The most recent update on Wickens came before Saturday night’s race at Gateway.

“For the first time following his Aug. 19 incident at Pocono Raceway, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is breathing without medical assistance and speaking with his family,” the team said in a press statement.

In 71 starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Muñoz has one career victory, coming at Detroit in 2015. He also has seven podium finishes and one career pole position.

Muñoz’s previous start in the series came in this year’s edition of the Indianapolis 500, where he finished seventh with Andretti Autosport. His last start on a road course came in 2017’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway; he finished 15th.

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Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Fronstretch in 2019 in a little different form. After a year and a half of being a news writer, Koelle will contribute ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards content and photography in multiple different series over the course of the season. His favorite tracks include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. He's looking to attend tracks he's never attended before this season including Auto Club Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (the only announced tracks currently). He's an avid fan of Iowa State Cyclones football, Atlanta Braves baseball, and Monster Energy Supercross.

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