By: Spencer Neff
May 4, 2021
On Tuesday, the entry list for the 105th Indianapolis 500 grew. Andretti Autosport made the announcement this morning of a new partnership with golf apparel provider LOHLA SPORT and the newly-formed Cusick Motorsports, entering Stefan Wilson to attempt his third Indianapolis 500.
“We’re excited to not only welcome Stefan back to the team, but also to have a new partner in LOHLA SPORT come on board to experience their first Indy 500,” Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Autosport noted in today’s press release.
“We have a great history with the Wilson family and we’re hopeful we can build on successes we’ve had in the past this May.”
Wilson previously entered the “500” with Andretti in 2018, starting 23rd and finishing 15th. In that race, he led three laps before pitting with five to go.
In his career, the Sheffield, England native has made two other starts including 2013 at Baltimore with Dale Coyne Racing (started 21st, finished 16th).
In 2016, he made his debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, starting 30th and completing 119 laps before electrical issues dropped him out of the race.
“After leading laps with Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, I’m hungry to return and finish the job,” Wilson noted.
“I’ve worked tirelessly to make this return happen and I am so thankful that LOHLA SPORT has believed in me to represent them. It’s a dream come true to rejoin Andretti and also partner with Honda once more in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
The enthusiasm for their new venture is matched by new partner Cusick Motorsports.
“As a lifelong INDYCAR fan I have always wanted to attend the Indianapolis 500 live, but never found my way there until now,” said Don Cusick, who started the “business incubator” in racing with his wife Carolyn.
“Thankfully the stars aligned this year, meeting Stefan Wilson and creating this amazing partnership. From casually asking Stefan if he had any contacts for great seats at Indy and half-jokingly telling him the best seat would have him driving in it.”
As was the case in his previous two entries, Wilson carries the No. 25 his brother Justin drove in his last race in 2015, when he was fatally injured during a crash at Pocono Raceway.
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