Stefan Wilson to make second Indy 500 start in 2018 with Andretti

Stefan Wilson is set to make his second Indianapolis 500 start next year after agreeing a deal to drive an Andretti Autosport-run entry in the 2018 event

Stefan Wilson to make second Indy 500 start in 2018 with Andretti

Wilson, the younger brother of the late IndyCar driver Justin, contested the 2016 running of the race for the now defunct KVSH Racing outfit.

He had made plans to make his second Indy 500 start in May earlier this year, but relinquished his Honda engine lease and slot at Andretti Autosport to allow Fernando Alonso and McLaren to put a programme together.

Wilson will however contest the 2018 event at the wheel of a #25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Autosport-Honda entry.

"We're really happy to welcome Stefan back to Andretti Autosport and proud to see him running the #25," said Michael Andretti.

"While not on track, Stefan was a big part of our Indy 500 effort in 2017, and we're looking forward to getting him back behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

Wilson added: "I'm very excited to be officially joining the Andretti Autosport team for the 102nd Indy 500.

"It has been a roller-coaster ride to get here, but looking back, I'm really pleased and feel very fortunate to be in the spot I'm in now.

"I've just kept thinking about the future, knowing that I'd be joining one of the most successful teams in Indy."

Wilson, the 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, will partner with the Indiana Donor Network to promote its Driven2SaveLives campaign, which aims to promote awareness of the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation.

It is the same organisation that Wilson teamed up with for the 2016 running of the race.

His brother was registered as a donor and the donation of his organs saved the lives of five people, following his death at Pocono in 2015 after he was hit by a piece of debris.

"Ultimately, we are working to register more donors," said Wilson.

"Organ donation and transplantation is a cause I'm connected to through the loss of Justin, who saved five lives.

"We'll be working with Driven2SaveLives to provide hope to patients on the national wait list, and honor donor heroes."

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