Mercedes DTM driver Robert Wickens has put his name forward to make his IndyCar debut at the final two rounds of the 2017 season at Watkins Glen and Sonoma Raceway for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Wickens got his first taste of an Indy car earlier this year when he did a car swap with fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe, who races for Sam Schmidt’s team.

Wickens was called on by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to replace Mikhail Aleshin for practice at Road America in June after the Russian arrived in the United States one day late due to an immigration issue.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports confirmed earlier this week it had parted company with Aleshin for the final four races of the season, freeing up a seat in the #7 Honda.

Wickens sent a cryptic tweet on Tuesday night confirming his interest in the road course events, saying: “I've never been to Watkins Glen or Sonoma. But I hear they're really nice…”

“If I was asked, I'd love to do those races, which is why I stirred the pot a bit. Road America was a blast and I'd love to give a full weekend a shot,” Wickens told RACER.

“Once I saw Mikhail wasn't continuing, I was 100 per cent interested in stepping in to drive on an oval, which is experience I want to gain, or for the road courses.”

Wickens is unavailable for the oval races at Pocono or Gateway due to clashing DTM commitments, with options for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports including Oriol Servia and Sebastian Saavedra.

Servia has made three race appearances in IndyCar this year with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Saavedra replaced Aleshin at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the round at Toronto.



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