Stefan Wilson’s selflessness key to Alonso’s Indy 500 arrangement

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Last year, Stefan Wilson made his debut in the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil as part of an entry supported by the Indiana Donor Network and Gap Guard, in an emotional entry. He’d always dreamed of racing in the event with older brother Justin, but that dream went away after Justin’s accident in August 2015 at Pocono Raceway.

Alas, Wilson held onto the third KV Racing Technology Chevrolet as best he could but was never in with a proper shout at success. He retired past the halfway mark with electrical issues.

Wilson, now 27, and his team were working towards a second appearance in the race this year and were close to a deal with Andretti Autosport. But just in recent days, this has changed, with a rather seismic announcement coming Wednesday morning that Fernando Alonso will be racing in this year’s event.

Wilson first poked a bit of fun at the announcement with his first tweet this morning:

He then expanded on it in a series of other tweets, to follow a story done overnight by NBCSN contributor Robin Miller for RACER.com.

More to come on this angle of the story on NBCSports.com in the coming days.