Pataskala, Ohio (17 July 2013) – Justin Wilson will return to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series action as he joins Michael Shank Racing for the final four rounds of the 2013 championship to team with Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 6 Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype.
Wilson first raced for the Ohio-based sports car team in 2006 when he and AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri and Mark Patterson combined for a runner-up result in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona. He has since raced in six more GRAND-AM events for Mike Shank – highlighted by a breakthrough victory in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2012 and a podium finish in this year’s Rolex 24 event.
Wilson most recently ran the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen alongside Yacaman in the No. 6 DP last weekend as GRAND-AM staged Round 7 of the championship at Watkins Glen. For Wilson, the return to Rolex Series competition left the talented Briton looking for more when a late-race fuel gamble did not pay off for the team. The Dale Coyne Racing pilot is hoping to be a part of a strong close to 2013 for Michael Shank Racing.
“It was great to team with Gus (Yacaman) at Watkins Glen and to get back into a Daytona Prototype,” said Wilson. “It has been a long time since I had the chance to race at Road America and Laguna Seca, so I’m really excited about those weekends. I’ve never been to Kansas or Lime Rock, so those will both be new challenges for me and Gus to take on. The Shank guys really do their homework, so hopefully we can be competitive right from the get-go every time out.”
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