23 January 2014
Justin Wilson primed to make racing return
Justin Wilson will be back in action at Daytona this weekend and says he will be back at Dale Coyne Racing for the start of the 2014 IndyCar season.
Justin Wilson has confirmed that he will be back behind the wheel at Dale Coyne Racing when the IndyCar Series returns to action at the season opener in St Petersburg in March.
"I think everyone is kind of presuming it's already out there," Wilson replied when asked whether his plans for 2014 were in place. "I'm back with Dale Coyne Racing again for 2014."
Wilson wouldn't elaborate as to whether this was just a one-year extension to his existing deal with the team. "It's not for me to talk about here," he said. "Without speaking to Dale beforehand, I don't know how he would like me to talk about that."
However Wilson was clear that he and the team had been looking further ahead with the idea of building something together over a longer period, after 2013 saw him complete his best-ever year in the US open-wheel series by finishing in sixth place in the drivers championship.
"We've had a lot of conversations in the off‑season," Wilson explained. "[Dale] promises me he's going to get a couple of critical people in the right places and allow us to be more consistent and make life easier.
"I think we had some good performances last year, but definitely felt like we need to work on that consistency and try and execute a little bit more in every aspect, not just the team, but the strategy, my driving, pit stops."
Wilson added that he was looking forward to getting back in the car again as soon as possible: "I think the first test is going to be the third of February. I know that was part of his plans, so I'm just waiting for confirmation before booking travel for that."
Wilson has spent much of the off-season recovering from non-operable pelvic fractures sustained in a multi-car accident in the final race of 2013 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Wilson said that the recuperation had gone better than he or his doctors had been expecting.
"The recovery went well," he said. "I was back walking five and a half, six weeks after the accident, so I was very fortunate the way my pelvis broke, it healed fast. Didn't need any surgery. I had some good doctors, good advice."
There's no question of Wilson being ready for the start of the IndyCar season - he'll actually be back in racing action this weekend competing for Michael Shank Racing in the Daytona 24 Hours.
"I felt great when we tested here two weeks ago," he said. "It was good to get back in the car. I'm looking forward to getting back to competition. Hopefully it's going to be a good 24 hours for us.
"Nothing would please me more than repeating what happened after my injury in 2011 and winning the Daytona 24 Hours the following year," he added. "That's our plan. A lot of work to do between now and then, but we're definitely up for the fight.
"I think it's great that so many drivers want to come and race at Daytona. This is a fantastic event. It's a special place, and I think really racers want to race, and this is a cool place to come and race, and that's what IndyCar is about, as well. This is where the two worlds collide."
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