JDX Racing, Justin Wilson announce Formula Lites team

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IMSA team JDX Racing has announced it is partnering with IndyCar veteran Justin Wilson to field four cars to compete in the first full season of the Formula Lites series, which was founded in 2014.

Wilson, an 11-year veteran of IndyCar, will serve as a mentor and coach for the team’s eventual drivers over the course of the series’ 12 race, six-weekend schedule.

“I’m really proud to partner with JDX Racing. I have a history of 10 plus years with the guys at JDX, and am excited to help mentor and develop the young driving talent the FL15 will attract,” Wilson said in a release. “I plan to attend as many tests and races as my 2015 schedule will allow, helping to coach and groom our drivers.”

Wilson is competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring this weekend with Michael Shank Racing.

JDX Racing was founded in 2008 by Jeremy Dale and Harrison Brix and is based out of Denver. The four-car team will race Hondas powered by the FL-15 built by Crawford Composites.

“Having Justin Wilson, who is a 12-year IndyCar veteran, will help take the JDX program to a different level,” said Brix. “Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?”

“I’m really proud that JDX is taking on the Formula Lites program because open wheel racing is close to my racing roots, as is my experience in helping train and work with young drivers,” said Dale. Dale once worked as managing director of the Barber­ Dodge Pro Series, where he worked with defending Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-­Reay, A.J. Allmendinger, Jon Fogarty and Michael Valiante.

The Formula Lites series, sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, begins its season May 29 at Thomson Speedway in Thompson, Conn.