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Wilson will race the Glen, and might have a new IndyCar teammate

Jun 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson has a pair of new drivers he’ll be working with this week. One is an official co-driver and another could become his teammate at DCR later this year.

Wilson will spend his off weekend from his IZOD IndyCar Series commitments in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series’ Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen race at Watkins Glen International. He’ll rejoin Michael Shank Racing, the team in which he won the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona and finished third this year, to co-drive the rebuilt No. 6 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype with Gustavo Yacaman.

“Mike has a great group of guys so it will just be like seeing some old friends again, and we can just pick up where we left off at Daytona,” Wilson said in a release. “I’ve never raced in the Six Hour, so this is a great opportunity. I’m grateful that Mike rang me to help him out this weekend.”

Wilson scored Coyne’s first IndyCar win at Watkins Glen in 2009. He replaces Antonio Pizzonia in the car, as team owner Shank cited sponsorship issues for the Brazilian.

“Unfortunately Antonio’s group had some sponsorship challenges, so we needed to develop a new plan for this weekend,” Shank said in a release. “It is a shame, as Antonio is a true talent, and we really appreciated his efforts – he was quick right from the start for us.”

For the second race in a row, Shank’s crew has performed an incredible rebuilding effort on one of its DPs to ensure it made it to the next race. The team’s lead No. 60 was fixed after an accident in Detroit, and after Yacaman had an early accident and fire in Mid-Ohio, the team has managed to put the No. 6 back together for Watkins Glen.

Meanwhile Wilson is currently at Mid-Ohio alongside James Davison, the Australian who is performing his second IndyCar test and first in the Dallara DW12 in Coyne’s second car. Davison is fairly quick and has two Firestone Indy Lights Series race wins at Mid-Ohio in consecutive years.

He hasn’t raced in a series full-time since 2009, when he finished second in the Indy Lights series behind JR Hildebrand and ahead of 10 drivers who eventually made their IndyCar debuts (Sebastian Saavedra, Wade Cunningham, James Hinchcliffe, Mario Romancini, Ana Beatriz, Charlie Kimball, Martin Plowman, Pippa Mann, Jay Howard, Dillon Battistini).

Coyne’s notorious for naming his second driver as late as possible before a race weekend, but a good test today could go a little way in ensuring Davison joins that list of drivers stepping up to a race seat. Stefan Wilson has also tested for Coyne this year in hopes of securing a debut race in IndyCar.

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