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Eight teams test at Pocono ahead of next event

The team's managing partner John Barnes confirmed the selection on Twitter on Monday, while also thanking Oriol Servià for helming the car to a seventh place finish at Iowa at the weekend. Servià has said that he hopes to return to the #4's rotating driver line-up for subsequent IndyCar races in 2013.

Wilson to compete at Watkins Glen

Justin Wilson will use this week's 'off' weekend in the IZOD IndyCar Series to enable him to compete with Michael Shank Racing in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, which is Round 7 of the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship.

Wilson drove for the team when they won the 50th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2012, and returned to the line-up try defending the title at the start of 2013 when the squad finished on the podium in third place in the race.

Now Wilson is to make a short-notice return to the the series at the wheel of the #6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley, which he will be co-driving with Gustavo Yacaman after the team's regular driver Antonio Pizzonia hit sponsorship problems.

"I'm very happy to get the chance to race with Mike again, particularly at Watkins Glen," said Wilson. "It will just be like seeing some old friends again, and we can just pick up where we left off at Daytona. I've never raced in the Six Hour, so this is a great opportunity. I'm grateful that Mike rang me to help him out this weekend. As a driver you love to keep busy and I am really excited about this weekend."

"We are very lucky to have someone like Justin available on this short notice, and I want to thank Dale, for letting him race with us at the Glen," said Shank. Wilson finished in 11th place at last weekend's IndyCar event at Iowa Speedway in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing car.

"Unfortunately Antonio's group had some sponsorship challenges, so we needed to develop a new plan for this weekend," added Shank. "It is a shame, as Antonio is a true talent, and we really appreciated his efforts, he was quick right from the start for us."

Engine penalty rule modified

The IZOD IndyCar Series had announced a tweak to the rules affecting the imposition of ten-place grid penalties for unapproved engine changes.

The series officials have added Rule 15.5.8 which states that an engine that fails during a team test, rookie test, engine manufacturer test or straightline test may be changed with an engine from the pool without penalty.

However, the rule does not apply to engine failures at Open Tests in Pocono on July 4, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 31) or Sonoma (August 21) where the usual ten-place grid drop for the next race will apply if an engine needs to be replaced before it reaches its 2000-mile lifetime requirement.




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Helio Castroneves leads at Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB - Saturday June 22, 2013. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
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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)

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