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Wilson, Bourdais and Kanaan set for GRAND-AM runs

Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais have signed up for multiple-race stints in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, with Tony Kanaan set for a one-off entry at Indianapolis next weekend.
Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais have both signed up for a busy second half to 2013, after deciding to add multiple races in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series to their schedules alongside their existing IZOD IndyCar Series races.

Wilson is heading back into the world of sports car racing with confirmation that he would be rejoining Michael Shank Racing for the last four races of the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series - Road America and Kansas Speedway in August, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Lime Rock Park in September.

He was part of the team's breakthrough victory in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2012 and followed it up with a podium position for the team again in this year's event. The Sheffield-born former F1 driver most recently competed the Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen alongside Gustavo Yacaman in the #6 Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype in round 7 of this year's championship at Watkins Glen.

"It was great to team with Gus at Watkins Glen and to get back into a Daytona Prototype," he said. "It has been a long time since I had the chance to race at Road America and Laguna Seca, so I'm really excited about those weekends.

"I've never been to Kansas or Lime Rock, so those will both be new challenges for me and Gus to take on," he added. "The Shank guys really do their homework, so hopefully we can be competitive right from the get-go every time out."

"To have this kind of talent available to race for the team is really incredible," said team owner Michael Shank. "I appreciate what Justin brings to this program and I am looking forward to the second half of the season for the #6 car."

He added, "Gus has continued to adapt to racing in GRAND-AM and we are excited to have him teaming with Justin. They both come from that open-wheel background so we hope this will be a very productive final four races."

Wilson isn't alone in signing up for a busy period of IndyCar/GRAND-AM double duty for the coming months, with Sebastien Bourdais confirmed for all five remaining GRAND-AM races in 2013 alongside Emilio DiGuida in the #4 8Star Motorsports Corvette Daytona Prototype.

"There's a lot of very good and talented people at 8Star and I'm happy to be involved," said Bourdais. "I'm pretty excited about the prospects to drive for a new team that's sorting itself out pretty quickly. Emilio is a good gentleman driver and, given the format of the series, it's always an opening for a good result for an amateur and a pro.

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