Justin Wilson, who recently competed in the Indianapolis 500, will join the Andretti Formula E team to become their driver for the Moscow ePrix on June 6th, in replacement of Scott Speed.
Wilson has recently competed in the IndyCar series, racing for the Andretti Autosport team, and will make the leap back to Europe for the first time in 11 years. He has a successful single-seater pedigree, having won the 2001 Formula 3000 championship and competed in Formula One for Minardi and Jaguar Racing.
“I’m looking forward to making my Formula E debut with Andretti,” said Wilson. “I’ve been following the championship from the start, and it is a very interesting formula. I appreciate Michael [Andretti] giving me this opportunity. I know there is a lot to learn, but I am excited about this new challenge and looking forward to the Moscow ePrix weekend already!”
The aim of Wilson will be to help the team in the constructors’ championship. The Andretti team has struggled in recent rounds and will be hoping to catch up with the other teams as they now lie sixth in the constructors. However; with 28 points separating second to sixth, it seems likely that the team can challenge higher up.
Wilson has performed well on street based tracks, which include his IndyCar victories at Detroit in 2008 and Watkins Glen in 2009. A result which gave Dale Coyne Racing the team’s first IndyCar win. This experience should help him get immediately acclimatised within the environment and perform straight out the blocks, similar to how Speed managed in Miami.