Stefan Wilson set for second Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport
Stefan Wilson will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series next May campaigning the #25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Autosport-Honda in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Wilson, who started the 2016 500 with the now defunct KVSH Racing, had been set to make his second race at IMS last May, but relinquished his Honda engine lease and slot at Andretti Autosport to allow Fernando Alonso and McLaren to hook up with Michael Andretti’s team.
“We’re really happy to welcome Stefan back to Andretti Autosport and proud to see him running the No. 25,” said Andretti. “While not on track, Stefan was a big part of our Indy 500 effort in 2017, and we’re looking forward to getting him back behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Wilson, stated: "I'm very excited to be officially joining the Andretti Autosport team for the 102nd Indy 500,” said Wilson. “It has been a roller-coaster ride to get here, but looking back, I'm really pleased and feel very fortunate to be in the spot I'm in now. I’ve just kept thinking about the future, knowing that I'd be joining one of the most successful teams in Indy."
In his third Verizon IndyCar Series start, his second at Indy, Wilson will partner with Indiana Donor Network to advance their Driven2SaveLives campaign helping to promote awareness of the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. It’s a campaign whose importance was tragically brought home to Stefan, when older brother Justin Wilson saved several lives with organ donation after he died.
"Ultimately, we are working to register more donors,” said Wilson. “Organ donation and transplantation is a cause I'm connected to through the loss of Justin, who saved five lives. We’ll be working with Driven2SaveLives to provide hope to patients on the national wait list, and honor donor heroes.”
Since inception of this campaign, more than 1,000 individuals have made the decision to register as an organ, tissue and eye donor as a result of Driven2SaveLives campaign but still 118,000 people nationwide are waiting for a lifesaving organ donation.
“Stefan is uniting race fans and elevating the conversation around donation and transplantation, and with his help, we hope to get more people across the country to register their decision to donate,” said Kellie Hanner, president and chief executive officer at Indiana Donor Network. “We are grateful for his efforts.”
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