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Justin Wilson to make IndyCar comeback with Dale Coyne Racing

Thursday, January 26 2012

Justin Wilson will return to IndyCar racing in 2012 with Dale Coyne Racing, following an announcement from the team. The Briton, whose career is overseen by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer, will renew a successful partnership with the squad.

The former Jaguar and Minardi F1 racer switched to US single seater racing several years ago and scored Dale Coyne Racing's first win at Watkins Glen in 2009, before leaving to join Dreyer & Reinbold. It was with the latter team that he suffered a practice crash at the Lexington circuit last August, injuring his back and forcing him to sit out the remainder of the 2011 season.

Wilson will be reunited with engineer Bill Pappas, who has also returned to the team, the pair having enjoyed a strong partnership during their earlier stint. A continued supply of Honda powerplants has also been confirmed, and a brand new chassis in the form of Dallara's DW12 has given genuine promise of a return to victory lane for the squad after a two-year drought.

Wilson, whose overall victory in the inaugural season of Formula Palmer Audi set him on the road to success, is looking forward to a strong season. "I am really excited as to how all of this has come together," he said. "Dale is committed to win, and it shows by him bringing back my 2009 engineer Bill Papas, the level playing field of a new car, and the much appreciated continuation with Honda engines should make 2012 a very exciting year for all of us."

Team boss Dale Coyne is equally optimistic of a return to form. "We are very excited about 2012 and the team we are assembling," he said. "This combination knows each other and this, coupled with Honda and other improvements in our efforts for 2012 and beyond, should make for a break out year for Dale Coyne Racing."

Wilson's racing comeback commences this weekend at the Daytona 24 Hour classic in Florida. In testing for the event, he was back on the pace after just two laps and will be competing alongside AJ Allmendinger, with whom he finished in second place in 2006.