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Coyne Signs Wilson – Will Be Powered by Honda: A Fan’s Reaction

Dale Coyne Racing will have Honda power for 2012 and veteran IndyCar driver Justin Wilson will drive for Coyne.

A 32 year old originally from England, Wilson started out in karts before eventually moving to F3000 and then the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula One (F1), when he was 23. He drove one season for Minardi and Jaguar nine years ago - but financing ended his stay in F1.

He then moved on to ChampCar and in '06 and '07, he was able to come in second in the points. He was third in points for the '05 season and garnered two wins that year. Driving mostly for RuSport, Wilson had a total of four wins while in ChampCar. He has been in IndyCar since '08 and has two wins and six podiums. Wilson had driven for Dreyer Reinbold the last two years.

Wilson is coming off a year where he broke his back at Mid-Ohio during practice. He will be joined on the team by engineers Bill Pappas and John Dick. It had been long-rumored that Wilson would sign with Coyne.

Honda seemed delighted to have signed on as Coyne's engine supplier when Erik Berkman, the president of Santa Clarita, California, based Honda Performance Development, Inc. said: "It's great to have them racing with us in 2012. Dale's team has made great strides in recent seasons and he has made moves this off-season to further improve." (Source - AutoWeek) Coyne is the fifth team to sign up with Honda for engines.

Coyne will have a second car and the leading drivers for that seat are James Jakes and Alex Lloyd - both have driven for Coyne in the past. No further information was detailed such as sponsorship but the team says it will announce marketing partnerships soon.

Sources - IndyCar, Racing Reference, Catchfence

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Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus blogged about every type of racing for several years.