Wilson joins John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, and A.J. Allmendinger.
Justin Wilson will return to racing action this weekend at Daytona International Speedway as the IndyCar pilot is set to rejoin Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian for the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The relationship with Shank’s team yielded a huge Rolex 24 win in 2012 as Wilson and co-drivers John Pew, Ozz Negri, and AJ Allmendinger broke through for a victory. 2013 once again saw Wilson on the podium at Daytona International Speedway as the team rallied from a nine lap deficit to finish 3rd.
The event traditionally proves to be an international all-star race, as drivers from a wide range of racing categories from across the globe kick off the year with the big endurance challenge. This year’s running, the 52nd since the event’s inception, is set to be the biggest yet as the race is the first-ever to be run under the IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship banner following the merger of the Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series.
The race also marks the first competition outing for Wilson since he suffered an injury in the season-ending IndyCar event at California Speedway. The injury required some patience from the avid cyclist as he was forced to suffer through weeks of inactivity as he patiently waited for the three fractures in his pelvis to heal. Wilson was given the go-ahead from doctors to return to the bike and weights late last year, and got the chance to put that condensed training to use earlier in the month as he tested with the team at Daytona.
The test was also the first official outing for the new IMSA regulations, which have seen the grid grow to some 68 entries across four classes. Wilson will race in the top “P” (Prototype) class as Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian debuts a new EcoBoost motor from Ford.
"We are just trying to take it one step at a time, not looking too far ahead,” said Wilson after the opening tests. “We don't have any preconceived ideas about the race and we are just taking it one step at a time. I would love for us to win it again but we have to make sure we do all of the right things and give ourselves a chance.”