Justin Wilson will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the balance of the 2015 season, starting with this weekend’s ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Wilson will drive the No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda, which he also drove at the two Indianapolis races earlier this season.
He’ll be in for the final five races, with short ovals in Milwaukee and Iowa this weekend and the final three races of the campaign at Mid-Ohio, Pocono and Sonoma in August.
“It’s obviously great to be back with Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the season,” Wilson said in a team release. “I’m really looking forward to making the most of these five races, and just trying to help the team and Honda as much as I can and try and be successful.
“It’s not going to be easy jumping in toward the end of the year – everyone’s worked out what they’re looking for from the car and the aero kits, but I think it puts us in good shape for learning things and trying to progress… and hopefully set something up towards next year.
“We’ll have to take it one step at a time, but the great thing with IndyCar racing is any weekend anyone can win; you just have to make sure you do a good job and do everything as perfect as you can, and that will lead to good results.”
“We are really happy to bring Justin back for the rest of the season,” team owner Michael Andretti added. “He did a really great job for us at the Indianapolis races and is a great addition to the team. The only downside of getting him back in the car is that we weren’t able to do it sooner.”
Although Wilson hasn’t had a full-time ride this season, he has sampled – or been due to drive – a variety of different machinery.
The Englishman did a one-off FIA Formula E weekend in Moscow in June, and was due to race an HPD ARX-04b in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later that month before the car was withdrawn. He also shared the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, but the car was retired before he had a chance to race it.