Justin Wilson will remain with Dale Coyne Racing for the 2014 IndyCar Series, he has announced today.
The 35-year-old Englishman has raced in North America since 2004, following a short-lived tilt at Formula 1 with the Minardi and Jaguar teams.
A four-time Champ Car race-winner and three-time victory in the IndyCar Series, the lanky driver enters his fourth season with Dale Coyne’s eponymous little team, having claimed four podium finishes en route to finishing sixth overall in last year’s Drivers’ Championship standings.
However, he has had to spend much of the off-season recovering from a fractured pelvis, which he sustained in a heavy multi-car pile-up during last year’s season finale at Fontana.
Having made a complete recovery, Wilson was finally able to confirm the much-expected news.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations in the off-season,” he said today.
“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 I definitely felt like we needed to work on that consistency and try to execute a little bit more in every aspect, not just the team, but the strategy, my driving, pit-stops.
“Some of the other teams have got a couple more people and can analyse that deeper than we were able to, so that’s why I wanted Dale to get one or two more personnel so we can do the same this year.”
One challenge Wilson faces will be the loss of his engineer Bill Pappas, who has jumped ship in the off-season to the Rahal Letterman Lanigan stable. Wilson will work instead with his new engineer, Michael Cannon.
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