Find out more about our subscriptions

Justin Wilson stays with Dale Coyne for 2014 IndyCar season

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson will remain with Dale Coyne Racing for the 2014 IndyCar season.

The Briton said he has team owner Dale Coyne's word that the squad's resources will be bolstered in order to build upon the solid results of last year.

Coyne held an option on Wilson's services for this year, meaning that his retention was always likely after a 2013 season that ended with the Brit finishing sixth in the championship.

Wilson will have a new race engineer in the form of Michael Cannon after Bill Pappas accepted an offer to move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

He said that Coyne had given his undertaking that the team would be further reinforced before the start of the season.

"I was trying to push Dale to make the necessary improvements for this year," he said.

"We've had a lot of conversations in the off-season. He 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, pitstops.

"Some of the other teams have got a couple more people and can analyse that deeper than we were able to do, so that's why I wanted Dale to get one or two more personnel so we can do the same."


Michael Shank Riley-Ford, Daytona United SportsCar testing January 2014

Wilson said that he expects to have his first IndyCar test of the new season in early February, although he will team up with Michael Shank Racing for this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.

The United SportsCar event will be his first race since he was injured in a crash in the IndyCar finale at Fontana last October.

"I felt great when we tested here two weeks ago, and it was good to get back in the car," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back to competition.

"Hopefully it's going to be a good 24 hours for us, and nothing would please me more than repeating what happened after my injury in 2011 and winning the Daytona 24 Hours the following year."

2014 IndyCar line-up so far:

Team                    Engine Driver(s)
AJ Foyt Racing          Honda  Takuma Sato
Andretti Autosport      Honda  M Andretti/C Munoz/J Hinchcliffe/R Hunter-Reay
Bryan Herta Autosport   Honda  Tba
Chip Ganassi Racing     Chevy  S Dixon/T Kanaan/R Briscoe/C Kimball
Dale Coyne Racing       Honda  Justin Wilson/tba
Ed Carpenter Racing     Chevy  Ed Carpenter (ovals)/Mike Conway (road/street)
KV Racing               Chevy  Sebastien Bourdais/Tba
Panther Racing          Chevy  Tba
Rahal Letterman Racing  Honda  Graham Rahal/Tba
Sarah Fisher Hartman    Honda  Josef Newgarden
Schmidt Peterson        Honda  Mikhail Aleshin/Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske             Chevy  JP Montoya/H Castroneves/W Power

  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT