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Coyne announces Justin Wilson contract extension

Mar 22, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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Dale Coyne Racing celebrates its 30th year in the IZOD IndyCar Series this season, and announced Friday it has locked up one of its drivers to a rare long-term contract.

The team and driver Justin Wilson announced a three-year extension, while also confirming Wilson’s part-time teammate Ana Beatriz for St. Petersburg, Brazil, Indianapolis, and “select other races.”

“In evaluating Dale’s commitment to the sport, we have signed a long-term agreement,” Wilson said, whose three-year contract also comes with options. “We had a great season last year highlighted by our first win at an oval track in Texas. The entire team’s back, so I am expecting good things to happen.”

As for Wilson’s younger brother, Stefan, plans are developing for the 23-year-old to make his debut at Barber next race. He is again in the paddock this weekend.

Justin Wilson has switched from the No. 18 back to 19 this season, a number he has raced with only once previously for Coyne. That came in his team debut at St. Petersburg in 2009, when he finished third. He switched to 18 for use the remainder of that year and also last year.

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