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Detroit, MI. (29 May 2014) – Just days after finishing the Indianapolis 500, Justin Wilson now heads north to the Motor City to make his mark on the Duel in Detroit. Wilson showed strong pace in the 98th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” running in the top ten with less than ten laps to go. But the month of effort came up short as Wilson had to accept a disappointing finish when damage from debris forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop in the closing laps of the race.

Heading to Detroit, Wilson returns to the track that he scored a victory on in 2008 and is looking to make the most of the double-header weekend with the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda. He got the event kicked off with a Thursday visit to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan as Racing for Kids celebrated its 25th year.
The usually busy month of May has been even busier for Wilson this year, with the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis kicking the month off, followed by traditional testing and practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and finally the Indianapolis 500, and the end of the month proves to be just as busy with the double-header of rounds six and seven of the IndyCar Championship on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit.
But Wilson and the Dale Coyne Racing Team have proven themselves up to the challenge of a busy schedule with a car that showed strong pace in both Indianapolis events despite finishing further back in the field. With the hard work the whole team has put in, Wilson hopes the tight 2.35-mile street circuit on Belle Isle will finally be the stage for the finish he knows he is capable of.
“I like racing on Belle Isle and I’m ready to go for the double-header,” said Wilson. “We had a very good weekend here last year and of course any place that you’ve won on, you are eager to race there again. This track changes every year, and will keep changing through the weekend with all the different series racing and putting different rubber down so hopefully we can just keep up with it. There are a lot of points on the table here and after missing out on what was looking like a top ten last Sunday, it would be great to make up for that on Saturday and again on Sunday.”
Last year’s double-header in Detroit proved to be a mixed bag for Wilson. In the first race he showed a masterful drive, storming up from a starting position of 16th all the way to the third step of the podium. However, contact early on in the second race ultimately took him out and dashed his hopes of a double podium weekend. He now looks to improve in both races this weekend.
Race One is set to go green on May 31st at 3:30 PM (ET) while the green flag for Race Two will fly at 3:30 PM (ET) on June 1st. Both races will be aired LIVE on ABC.