After an off-season having to sit twiddling his thumbs recovering from a broken pelvis, Justin Wilson has wrapped a strong week at Sebring as testing got really into gear.
It’s not his first seat time this year though, Wilson finished 47th in the Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley however he was more positive after his first taste of Honda’s twin-turbo engine: “It was great to get back in an IndyCar, and get back up to speed with everything. It was my first experience with the Honda twin turbo, I was really pleased with how that performed and how it drove.”
Indeed it was the first chance Wilson had to work with his new Dale Coyne Racing engineer Michael Cannon: “We had a lot of changes at Dale Coyne Racing. Michael has a lot of experience which is great and we were just comparing notes, trying things out and seeing what works, what didn’t. I think it was a good test.”
However, it was not just IndyCar that Wilson tried his hand at. The days following the wrapping of Dale Coyne’s test a longer configuration of the Sebring track was used and he got behind the wheel of the #60 Michael Shank DP.
“It was actually great to see, you’re driving down pit lane in one race car that you’re racing, and see your other racecar out there, as well,” said Wilson after seeing the Michael Shank team setting up while aboard the IndyCar. “It was pretty cool seeing the #60 sitting in pit lane at the same time. I can’t wait to get out and do the Sebring 12 Hours again.”
Up next for Justin Wilson is the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 12-15 where he will be aiming for Prototype honours in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.