The Andretti Autosport staff will run Wilson in a sixth entry for the 105th operating of the Indy 500, which would be the second time that Michael Andretti has run the youthful brother of the much-loved seven-time IndyCar race winner Justin Wilson, who died following an accident at Pocono in 2015.
Requested whether or not becoming a member of a staff that often contends for the win at Indy provides further strain, Stefan Wilson mentioned, “To a sure diploma, sure, it does for certain.
“Nevertheless it’s one thing I had earlier than – ‘I don’t have many excuses right here!’, you understand?
“However on the similar time, I feel it’s simply actually vital to maintain every thing in test and simply give attention to the issues I can management.
“That’s one thing I’m not that good at – I’m a little bit of an emotional particular person.
“It’s very simple to let issues which you could’t management distract you.
“That’s really one thing that Justin tried to show me lots – attempt to give attention to the issues that you simply management and also you’ll be fantastic.
“He was the grasp at that and at staying cool, calm and picked up below strain.
“So I’m undoubtedly attempting to channel that and be taught from him and put these classes to good use this month.”
Stefan Wilson, Andretti Autosport Honda, Indianapolis 500 2018
Photograph by: Scott R LePage / Motorsport Images
Wilson might be becoming a member of a driver line-up that includes two Indy 500 winners in Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, two Indy 500 pole-winners in James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti (now solely a part-time IndyCar racer), and a rising star who’s already a winner in IndyCar, Colton Herta.
Regardless of these yardsticks in opposition to which he might be measured, Wilson sees way more upside to rejoining a staff with which he’s acquainted.
“It’s going to be similar to 2018, it’s not one thing new,” he said.
“I do know precisely how the staff operates and the way we undergo every day, how we work every day, and that’s actually helpful.
“The truth that we have now six automobiles, the truth that we work collectively as one, offers us that profit.
“If we simply did our personal factor and didn’t speak on the finish of the times, we wouldn’t be capable of cowl as a lot floor and develop the automotive as a lot.
“So I feel realizing what to anticipate going into the month is a pleasant change in contrast with 2018.
“And I feel the thought of working with a number of the similar drivers that I labored with in 2018…. Hinch is a brand new one for me however I’ve identified him since 2010 after I first got here to the States – we have been roommates – so I’m wanting ahead to working collectively professionally with him.
“After which the addition of Colton, who’s clearly a little bit of a standout so I’m excited to work with him as nicely.
“The engineering aspect is staying comparatively the identical on the #25 staff, so conserving that core group collectively goes to assist me choose up the place I left off and hit the bottom operating.”