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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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Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson celebrate after race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Saturday, October 5 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson in action during the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California on Sunday, August 25, 2013 (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson ready for action. (Photo Credit: Forrest Mellott for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato and Justin Wilson celebrate on the podium the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 21 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson talks to IMS after the race. (Photo Credit: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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