Stefan Wilson

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Stefan Wilson
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 25)
Sheffield, England
Related to Justin Wilson (brother)
Firestone Indy Lights career
Debut season 2009
Current team Fan Force United
Car no. 24
Former teams First Motorsports/Walker Racing
Bryan Herta Autosport
Andretti Autosport
Starts 32
Wins 1
Poles 2
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 3rd in 2011
Previous series
2008
200607
British Formula Three
Formula Palmer Audi

Stefan James Wilson (born 20 September 1989 in Sheffield, UK) is a British racing driver. He is the younger brother of former Formula One and current IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson. He is also the winner of the 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising young British drivers.[1]

Career[edit]

Formula Palmer Audi & British F3[edit]

After a long karting career as a child, Stefan stepped up to open-wheel racing in November 2006, competing in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy at Snetterton and Brands Hatch. Stefan gradually improved over the course of his first six car races and finished the six-race mini-series in ninth place, also ending as top rookie. He picked up three top-six finishes and set fastest lap in the final round at Brands Hatch.

Wilson driving for Fluid Motorsport at the Croft round of the 2008 British Formula Three season.

Stefan competed in the 2007 Formula Palmer Audi Championship, the 10th anniversary of the series and also the 10th anniversary of when his brother Justin won the first FPA title. He finished 2nd in the championship after a great final round at Croft, where he scored 2 podiums after his worst qualifying of the season, only starting 7th and 9th for the two races. Stefan overtook a total of 11 cars. He also closed the final gap between him and more experienced driver Tim Bridgman to just 28 points.

He scored 4 wins over the course of the season; the first came in round 4 of the championship at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in front of nearly 50,000 spectators. The second half of Wilson's championship was more successful as he scored 4 pole positions and 3 of his 4 wins. Wilson ended the championship in 2nd place, with a tally of 4 wins, 9 podiums, 4 pole positions, 5 fastest laps, and 2 lap records.

At the end of the season he won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young British drivers. Part of the award was a prize drive in a McLaren Formula One car, which took place on the Silverstone National Circuit on November 13, 2009.[2]

In 2008 he competed in the British Formula Three Championship National Class in 2008 with Fluid Motorsport and captured 4 class wins on his way to 4th in the National Class points standings.

Indy Lights[edit]

Wilson signed to race a partial schedule in Firestone Indy Lights in 2009 for First Motorsports with cars prepared by Walker Racing that included six road and street courses. He qualified third at Long Beach but was sidelined by a mechanical problem towards the finish. His best finish was fourth in the wet/dry race at Toronto. In 2010 returned to the series to race for Bryan Herta Autosport.[3] Wilson finished 11th in points despite missing one race due to funding issues and another due to a damaged racecar. He had a career-best finish of third in the season opener at St. Pete and ran the fastest race lap in Toronto.

In 2011 he returned to Indy Lights full-time with Andretti Autosport. He captured one pole, two wins, and finished on the podium three more times to finish third in the championship. Despite Wilson's 2011 success he was out of racing until the 2012 Indy Lights season finale at Auto Club Speedway where he drove for Fan Force United and finished sixth.

IndyCar[edit]

Wilson made his IndyCar debut at the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore driving for Dale Coyne Racing, finishing sixteenth. His brother Justin drove the other full-time entry for Dale Coyne Racing, making the Wilson brothers the first pair of brothers to drive in IndyCar for the same team since Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. drove for their family team in 1983.

In June 2014 Fan Force United announced that they had signed Stefan Wilson for the team's full-time step up to the IndyCar Series in 2015.[4]

Racing record[edit]

Career history[edit]

Year Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2006 Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy Justin Wilson 6 0 0 52 9th
2007 Formula Palmer Audi 20 4 4 332 2nd
2008 British Formula Three Championship National Class Fluid Motorsport Development 22 3 4 194 4th
2009 Firestone Indy Lights First Motorsports/Walker Racing 6 0 0 112 22nd
2010 Firestone Indy Lights Bryan Herta Autosport 11 0 0 278 11th
2011 Firestone Indy Lights Andretti Autosport 14 1 2 450 3rd

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2009 FIRST/Derrick Walker Racing STP1
13
STP2
17
LBH
22
KAN INDY MIL IOW WGL
12
TOR
4
EDM KTY MDO
8
SNM CHI HMS 22nd 112
2010 Bryan Herta Autosport STP
3
ALA
6
LBH
17
INDY
7
IOW
7
WGL
12
TOR
3
EDM
7
MDO
4
SNM CHI
6
KTY
12
HMS 11th 278
2011 Andretti Autosport STP
16
ALA
2
LBH
3
INDY
4
MIL
8
IOW
8
TOR
1
EDM1
4
EDM2
2
TRO
4
NHM
12
BAL
5
KTY
1
LVS
8
3rd 450
2012 Fan Force United STP ALA LBH INDY DET MIL IOW TOR EDM TRO BAL FON
6
23rd 28

IndyCar Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2013 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL
16
HOU HOU FON 33rd 14

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McLaren Autosport BRDC: Stefan Wilson". autosport.com. 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2009-11-13). "Wilson gets prize Formula 1 test". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  3. ^ "New team for Wilson". Firestone Indy Lights (Indy Racing League). 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ Glendenning, Mark (27 June 2014). "Stefan Wilson gets 2015 IndyCar deal with Fan Force United". autosport.com. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Oliver Turvey
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2007
Succeeded by
Alexander Sims