Stefan Wilson will come home to Andretti Autosport for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Wilson will make his second Indianapolis 500 start driving the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Honda for the Andretti team alongside full-time drivers Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and rookie Zach Veach.
“I’m very excited to be officially joining the Andretti Autosport team for the 102nd Indy 500,” Wilson said. “It has been a roller-coaster ride to get here, but when looking back, I’m really pleased and feel very fortunate to be in the spot I’m in now.
“I’ve just kept thinking about the future, knowing that I’d be joining one of the most successful teams in Indy.”
The Indianapolis transplant from Sheffield, England was set to race in last year’s Indy 500 for Andretti but ultimately stepped aside in favor of two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.
“We’re really happy to welcome Stefan back to Andretti Autosport and proud to see him running the No. 25,” said CEO Michael Andretti.
“While not on track, Stefan was a big part of our Indy 500 effort in 2017 and we’re looking forward to getting him back behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Wilson made his “500” debut in 2016 driving for the now-defunct KV Racing Technology, qualifying 30th and finishing 28th after mechanical issues. The 28-year-old is once again partnered with Driven2SaveLives, a campaign by the Indiana Donor Network.
Organ and tissue donation remains a cause of utmost importance to Wilson. His brother Justin saved several lives following his tragic accident at Pocono Raceway in 2015.
“Ultimately, we are working to register more donors,” said Wilson. “Organ donation and transplantation is a cause I’m connected to through the loss of Justin, who saved five lives.
“We’ll be working with Driven2SaveLives to provide hope to patients on the national wait list and honor donor heroes.”
The partnership between Andretti and Wilson goes back to 2011 when he drove the team’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires entry, finishing third in the standings.
The 2018 Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 27 with practice set to begin on May 14.