Justin Wilson will continue his recovery from the back injury he sustained during the 2014 IndyCar Series campaign when he rejoins Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian for the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring.
The MSR squad will bring a set of familiar faces when it makes its maiden competitive appearance at Sebring International Raceway next month, with Wilson returning to race alongside full-season pilots John Pew and Ozz Negri in the #60 Ford Ecoboost Riley at round two of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The Briton has raced regularly with the team in endurance events since making a podium appearance in the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The IndyCar pilot grew his Daytona Prototype programme in 2013 as he joined the team for the sprint events in the second half of the season, finishing the year on the podium with a run to second place at Lime Rock Park.
Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian has an enviable record of success when debuting at new tracks, having won at Miller Motorsports Park and New Jersey Motorsports Park in the team's first visits to those tracks. The group will have the opportunity to learn the new track as well as the evolved specification for the Daytona Prototypes in an IMSA hosted test next week.
“We are fortunate that the schedule worked out for us to have Justin join us not only for the race, but also for the test next week,” team owner Mike Shank admitted, “Having the Sebring 12 Hour on the schedule is fantastic and we are very excited about it. We also know how incredibly challenging the race can be, so to have a driver line up like this is going to be key for us. We have a race finish for the Ecoboost under our belt at Daytona, and now our goal is to just keep improving on our package, every time out.”
The team rebounded from a gearbox issue in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona to take the chequered flag with a twelfth-place class finish, and will look to improve on that result as the series returns to Florida for the second leg of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Wilson has two previous starts at Sebring – in 2002 and 2004 - and is looking to make the most of the 2014 running of the classic event.
“It's exciting to get the call and come back to race for Mike once again,” he said, “The 12 Hour is a huge event, and I'm really looking forward to it. I had a lot of fun racing the short events last year in the Daytona Prototype. It always feels natural anytime I get to race for this team, the Shank guys do a really good job and it is just a great fit. We have a little bit of unfinished business after Daytona and I'm looking forward to getting down to Sebring and getting after it.”
Wilson will become very familiar with the Sebring area in the next month or so, as he is also set to open his 2014 IndyCar season with testing at the airfield circuit next week.