ST. PETERSBURG – Justin Wilson will have a ride with Andretti Autosport for at least two races in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the team confirmed Friday.
The Englishman will drive for the team at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 in the team’s No. 25 Honda.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Andretti Autosport,” Wilson said in a release. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and this should be a strong program. I’m looking forward to continuing my relationship with Honda and to working with Ryan (Hunter-Reay), Carlos (Muñoz) and Marco (Andretti). Thank you to Michael (Andretti) for bringing me on board and giving me this great opportunity. I know that the team has everything in place to do well, and I’m really confident about what the group is capable of this year.”
“We are so happy to be able to confirm Justin has joined our IndyCar program for both races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” added team owner Michael Andretti. “Having Justin on the team has been something we’ve been looking at for quite some time, so we’re excited to finally make it happen. Adding him to the roster for the Indy races is definitely going to be something special as we work to defend our 2014 victory.”
Wilson has been linked to the vacant Andretti fourth car all offseason, but the team and driver had not been able to come to an agreement as yet.
He was optimistic of an opportunity materializing at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, where he was due to race in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, but didn’t get to race as the car crashed out in the second hour.
Simona de Silvestro is in the team’s No. 25 Honda for this weekend, and right now is only confirmed for this race.