Justin Wilson will start his 2014 motorsport season off early as he takes to the high banking at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
Wilson will rejoin Michael Shank Racing at the annual season-opening twice-round-the-clock race, continuing his long running partnership with the team since his first drive for them in 2006.
The highlight of his time with Michael Shank Racing came in 2012 when Wilson, along with co-drivers John Pew, Ozz Negri and AJ Allmendinger took the overall victory. 2013 saw another strong performance from the team, rallying back from a nine lap deficit to finish third.
“It was great to get back in the car, this was the first time in about four months I think, so that is always good,” said Wilson, who used the 2012 event as his first race back following a back injury. “The car feels good. I love the sound and the feel of the new Ford EcoBoost engine, it’s a lot of fun to drive. I’m just looking forward to the race now. We will get a few more miles in and we have a lot of work to do but everyone is working hard and it is fun to be a part of this group and be back here and hopefully we have a shot at getting another Rolex.”
The Rolex 24 marks Wilson’s first competitive outing since suffering an injury at the final race of the IndyCar Series at California Speedway, suffering three fractures in his pelvis. He was given the go ahead to return to cycling and weight training late last year, putting the training to use at the Roar Before the 24 test sessions.
“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.”