Dale Coyne’s prodigal son Justin Wilson has returned home with news overnight that the prized Brit has signed once again to drive for Dale Coyne Racing for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Season. An official announcement is set to be made in the coming days.
Undoubtedly one of the best pure road racers in the series, Wilson was at the wheel at Watkins Glen in 2009 when he delivered what remains as Dale Coyne’s only race victory, which on the day was a commanding display of talent and experience around the famed upstate New York layout.
Joining Wilson at Coyne is Bill Pappas (pictured, below right), Wilson’s engineer who masterminded Coyne’s victory at The Glen, his first in 25 years of team ownership.
Driving for Dreyer & Reinbold in 2011, Wilson missed the final six races of the season as he recovered from a broken back sustained in a freak accident during practice at Mid-Ohio in August.
Also unofficial is news that Coyne will be linking with Honda for an engine deal for the coming season. With the success of Coyne’s new combination both in the car and on the pit-wall, the likeable backmarker could be springing a few surprises in 2012, as it did in 2011 when Sébastien Bourdais delivered five top-ten finishes for the team in his return season with the outfit.
It is not yet known if Bourdais will remain with the squad or aim for a role with another outfit (or perhaps continue his commitment with Peugeot in the Le Mans Series); it is believed that either Alex Lloyd or James Jakes will occupy the second seat with the team.
Rumoured to take over Wilson’s seat at Dreyer & Reinbold is former Champ Car racer Katherine Legge.
[Article by Matt Lennon; images via LAT]
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