Coyne announces Justin Wilson contract extension

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Dale Coyne Racing celebrates its 30th year in the IZOD IndyCar Series this season, and announced Friday it has locked up one of its drivers to a rare long-term contract.

The team and driver Justin Wilson announced a three-year extension, while also confirming Wilson’s part-time teammate Ana Beatriz for St. Petersburg, Brazil, Indianapolis, and “select other races.”

“In evaluating Dale’s commitment to the sport, we have signed a long-term agreement,” Wilson said, whose three-year contract also comes with options. “We had a great season last year highlighted by our first win at an oval track in Texas. The entire team’s back, so I am expecting good things to happen.”

As for Wilson’s younger brother, Stefan, plans are developing for the 23-year-old to make his debut at Barber next race. He is again in the paddock this weekend.

Justin Wilson has switched from the No. 18 back to 19 this season, a number he has raced with only once previously for Coyne. That came in his team debut at St. Petersburg in 2009, when he finished third. He switched to 18 for use the remainder of that year and also last year.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”