Stefan Wilson Set For IndyCar Debut
PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Dale Coyne Racing has confirmed that Stefan Wilson will be making his IZOD IndyCar Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 18 Nirvana Tea entry in this year’s Baltimore Grand Prix on Sept. 1.
“I’ve known for the past week that I would be racing in Baltimore, and its been so hard to keep it bottled up inside, I’ve been that excited about the opportunity that Dale Coyne Racing and Nirvana Tea’s have given me,” Wilson said.
The 23 year-old will be a teammate to his older brother Justin Wilson, who drives the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America for Dale Coyne Racing. This will also mark the first time the brothers will be competing in the same race.
“It’s exciting for so many reasons,” said Wilson. “Not only will I be making my debut in the IndyCar Series, but it will mark the first time that I will be competing against my older brother Justin. It’s very cool that we will be working together as teammates for Dale Coyne Racing.”
“I am very happy for Stefan and this great opportunity he has,” said his older brother Justin Wilson. “It should be a lot of fun racing against each other as we both have similar driving styles.”
Stefan recently competed in Firestone Indy Lights Series from 2011 to 2012, scoring one victory in 2011. In 2011, Stefan finished third in the championship point standings despite missing a race due to team budget cuts.
In 2007, he graduated to open-wheel cars with an explosive rookie season in the Formula Palmer Audi Series. He would take four pole positions, four wins, six fastest laps and two outright lap records on his way to runner up in the Championship point standings. Following that success, he beat five of the top racing talents that Britain had to offer and was named the winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
“We are very excited to have Stefan in the No. 18 Nirvana Tea’s Honda for Baltimore,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “Stefan is a very talented young driver and I know that he has been working really hard this year trying to put together a sponsorship deal. This also marks another first for Dale Coyne Racing by having two brothers racing at the same time for the team.”