Houston, Texas (29 June 2014) – Justin Wilson was looking to convert a stout sixth place grid spot for the second round of Grand Prix of Houston action with the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda/Dallara for Dale Coyne Racing, but a promising race outing was flustered by contact while Wilson was running well.
Wilson opened the 90-lap race from the third row and had slotted into the top-five in a dry race that featured non-stop battles on the 1.7-mile circuit.
After pitting on Lap 22, Wilson fell to 16th before moving up to 13th ahead of a Lap 38 pit stop and was back into the top-10 by the halfway point of the race.
That speed and strategy saw Wilson look to be on path to a return visit to the Grand Prix of Houston podium as he was up to fourth by Lap 66. Unfortunately, just two laps later, the race came undone as Wilson was hit by the No. 25 Andretti Autosport machine.
“It was a frustrating end to my day,” said Wilson. “I think we were the first guys to pit and I thought we were good and I thought it was going to work out. We struggled a bit on restarts so guys were all over the back of me. I knew that if I could hang on for a couple of laps I would get going and be quick again. Marco tried to come down the inside and it wasn’t really going to happen. He tried to get out of it and he just tapped me into the wall. He came down and apologized and said ‘I didn’t mean to do that.’ It is just racing. I know it was just a mistake and it is a shame but we kept going on when we were a lap down and we were trying to salvage any points we can.”
Wilson soldiered on to take a 12th place finish, and will now look ahead to the return to oval action as the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Pennsylvania for the Pocono Indycar 500 this weekend (NBCSN broadcast).