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Coyne looking at Wilson.

Having been dropped by Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing when it appeared that the former Champ Car giant was going to be reduced to running a single car for better-funded Graham

Rahal, Justin Wilson now appears on course to join one of US open-wheel racing best shoestring teams.

The Briton has openly admitted to looking outside the IndyCar Series in an effort to keep himself in the cockpit for 2009, having lost the McDonald's ride that carried him to a

first IRL success on the streets of Detroit last season, but now appears to have been thrown a possible single-seater lifeline by Dale Coyne Racing.

While other teams look set to struggle in financially-straitened times, Coyne could yet turn up at this week's Homestead group test with two cars, should Wilson agree terms to

potentially join fellow veteran - and Newman/Haas refugee - Bruno Junqueira, who, despite apparently driving for little remuneration in 2007-8, showed that the supposed minnow

could spring the odd surprise or two. Should he sign up, Wilson would replace KVRT-bound Mario Moraes.

"I haven't signed a contract yet, and we're still working on some things, but it's looking good," Wilson admitted to SpeedTV, "I met [recently recruited engineer] Bill

[Pappas] yesterday and Dale seems very intent on being competitive, so I intend to make the most it."

Pappas' arrival at DCR made the headlines last month and underlined just how seriously Coyne, a recognised home for unknowns and those looking to keep a toe-hold in the sport,

was taking the second year of unified open-wheel racing.

Having survived on the backing brought by some of the young hopefuls he has signed, but just as often by carrying own brands such as Sonny's Bar-B-Q, Coyne revealed that he is

in discussion with potential sponsors - something a crack line-up like Wilson and Junqueira might expedite - but would again be willing continue self-funding if necessary.



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The Chevrolet of Will Power sports a tribute sticker for Justin Wilson at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Justin Wilson stands in Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2015 Indianapolis 500 (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson flashes across the start/finish line during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson greets the fans during pre-race festivities for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson straps on his helmet prior to the systems check for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson at the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Tristan Vautier in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Justin Wilson on course during IndyCar practice at IMS (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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Don - Unregistered

February 23, 2009 5:01 PM

Good luck Justin! You definitely deserve a seat. Even though Coyne Racing is a small team, they have hired a top flight engineer that should help tremendously. Can't wait for the season to start.



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