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.