Justin Wilson to Pilot No. 25 Honda for Remainder of Verizon IndyCar Series Season
INDIANAPOLIS (July 7, 2015) – Racing veteran Justin Wilson will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport beginning with this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest, and will continue to pilot the No. 25 Honda for the remainder of the 2015 season. With 170 Verizon IndyCar Series starts over 13 seasons, the 36-year-old has totaled seven wins, 26-podium finishes, 93 top 10s and over 700 laps led.
“It’s obviously great to be back with Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the season,” said Wilson. “I’m really looking forward to making the most of these five races, and just trying to help the team and Honda as much as I can and try and be successful. It’s not going to be easy jumping in toward the end of the year – everyone’s worked out what they’re looking for from the car and the aero kits, but I think it puts us in good shape for learning things and trying to progress… and hopefully set something up towards next year. We’ll have to take it one step at a time, but the great thing with IndyCar racing is any weekend anyone can win; you just have to make sure you do a good job and do everything as perfect as you can, and that will lead to good results.”
Hailing from Sheffield, England, Wilson began karting at the age of nine, and just a year later began to receive international recognition after becoming a finalist in the McLaren Autosport Bristish Racing Drivers’ Club Young Driver of the Year, providing the beginning stages of his campaign to Formula One racing.
After winning the FIA Formula 3000 championship title in 2001, the Englishman graduated to Formula One in 2003 and earned his first championship points in the United States Grand Prix. After moving his focus to the United States in 2004, Wilson transitioned into IndyCar competition taking his first victory in 2005. The Colorado resident has also stayed active in IMSA competition winning the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“We are really happy to bring Justin back for the rest of the season,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “He did a really great job for us at the Indianapolis races and is a great addition to the team. The only downside of getting him back in the car is that we weren’t able to do it sooner.”
Wilson most recently joined the four-time IndyCar Championship team for two Verizon IndyCar series events (2015 Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indy 500), as well as a round of competition in the FIA Formula E Championship. The Indianapolis-based team heads north this weekend for the ABC Supply Company Wisconsin 250 presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers, which will air live on NBC Sports Network Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.