Lexington, Ohio (30 July 2013) – As the IZOD IndyCar Series enters its final stretch of six races in the 2013 championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, Justin Wilson is targeting a strong run in Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda as he aims to pick up momentum in the 2013 championship hunt.
Wilson’s year has been highlighted by podium finishes at Long Beach and Detroit as well as a fifth place finish in the Indianapolis 500. The Briton currently sits ninth in the championship – just 13 points out of the top-five in the standings.
The Mid-Ohio event marks Wilson’s fifth start at the track nestled in central Ohio, and the road course has been an up and down track for Wilson. He’s had strong qualifying runs at the 2.258–mile circuit, starting fourth in his Mid-Ohio debut in 2008 and starting second the following year. Wilson had to sit out of the 2011 Mid-Ohio race after an off-track excursion at the high-speed Turn 1 during practice saw him take quite the literal up and down ride when his car went airborne after hitting a bump. The car slammed back down on the ground and Wilson suffered a compression fracture of his T-5 vertebrae.
Wilson took home an eighth place result in the previous round of Toronto and is ready to get going this weekend at Mid-Ohio after a three-week break in race activity. Dale Coyne Racing completed a test at Mid-Ohio in June and Wilson will also take part in an open test at the track on Wednesday.
“I love racing at Mid-Ohio,” said Wilson of his return to the Ohio road course. “It’s a great track. I always go fast there. I love the layout and elevation changes. The way the car moves around doing that is a lot of fun. It’s a rewarding track when things go well. Qualifying is key at Mid-Ohio so hopefully we can start toward the front, have a straight-forward race, and come away with a good result. The championship is very close right now and a couple good finishes could put us right up there into the top-five.”
Wilson gained some extra road course experience over the last month as he joined Ohio-based Michael Shank Racing in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen driving the No. 6 Daytona Prototype with former open-wheel racer Gustavo Yacaman. The pair finished sixth in their first race together and it was recently announced that Wilson will re-join Michael Shank Racing for the final four Rolex Series races of the year in addition to his IndyCar Series effort.
It will be a busy week for Wilson as he participates in the IndyCar open test on Wednesday and then travels to Marysville, Ohio on Thursday to visit the Honda of America plant. He will return to Mid-Ohio on Friday for practice followed by qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
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