US driver Juan Manuel Correa competed here in New Zealand in the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Two race wins (race 2 Teretonga, race 1 Taupo) and five other top five placings saw him finish fourth overall to winner Robert Shwartzman, followed by Richard Vershoor and local Marcus Armstrong.
Correa competed in Europe in GP3 after his TRS season and then moved up to a full time drive in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for 2019. This came to an abrupt halt at the end of August when he was involved in a serious crash with Anthoine Hubert on the second lap of the feature race at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Unfortunately Hubert died from his injuries. Correa was left with severe fractures to both his legs and a minor spinal injury. Today, he is still under going rehabilitation with the hope and plan to race again.
Yesterday Talkmotorsport ran Jonathan Green’s article Opportunity out of adversity on the steep road to recovery which looks at both Correa and IndyCar driver Robert Wickens and the aftermath of both their crashes while racing.
Today’s podcast features Jonathan Green interviewing Correa and catching up with his rehabilitation and the difference that sim-racing has made to his well-being during lock-down.