Stefan Wilson says that he is delighted to be back with Andretti Autosport as he prepares to make his Indianapolis 500 return with the Michael Andretti-lead team. It was announced on Tuesday that Wilson will drive the No.25 Lohla Sport Honda in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday May 30.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the announcement, Wilson said that he received a call from Don Cusick about the possibility of getting a suit to watch the Indianapolis 500 while he was at a track day in California and Wilson confirmed to Paddock Eye that he told Cusick that he would prefer to compete in the Indianapolis 500 rather than watch it so Cusick said let’s make it happen.
In his last outing for Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, Wilson came within four laps of winning the Greatest Spectacle in Racing only to come up just shy and finished the race in 15th place. While Wilson doesn’t see his return to Andretti Autosport as a homecoming as such he is looking forward to working alongside Ryan Hunter Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Marco Andretti again this season while he is excited to see what ideas Colton Herta can bring to the team in terms of the set up of the car and given James Hinchcliffe’s experience and knowledge of the Speedway he is looking forward to working with the Mayor of HinchTown.
Wilson also confirmed to Paddock Eye that his first opportunity to drive the car will be when testing for the Indy 500 gets underway on May 19.
Wilson said that he is delighted that his return to Speedway will feature spectators at the circuit for the first time since 2020, he went on to say that he is delighted with the work that Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner and Chairman Roger Penske and his team have done in preparing to welcome fans back to the Speedway.
While the focus is on the Indianapolis 500, Wilson said that he is hopeful that the partnership with Don Cusick leads to more outings in the NTT IndyCar Series.
Speaking about the NTT IndyCar Series as a whole Wilson said that he believes that the competition has closed up due to the fact that the teams are now so used to how the DW12 chassis works that is one of the reasons why the series has seen four different winners in the opening four races.