Anthony Davidson has admitted that he had mental hurdles to overcome when making his comeback after injury in Daytona 24 Hours testing last week.
The Toyota factory driver suffered fractured vertebrae when he crashed in last year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
He got back on track for the first time since the accident earlier this month when he tested the 8Star Coyote-Chevrolet that he will share with Stephane Sarrazin, Nicolas Minassian, Pedro Lamy and team boss Enzo Potolicchio in the Daytona race.
"It was great to get back behind wheel again after so much talking about it, and it was great to do it at a track like Daytona," said Davidson at AUTOSPORT International. "Seven months away from driving is tough for anyone, but to come back after an injury like that – breaking your back – was mentally quite difficult as well."
Davidson added that being able to resume his Formula 1 pundit duties with Britain's Sky TV while recovering helped keep his morale up.
"It was great that I had the Sky gig to fall back on," he said. "It kept me sane and it was great that I could still be in the paddock."