Justin Wilson (racing driver)

Justin Wilson ( born July 31, 1978 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England ) is a British racing driver.

In 2001 he won the International Formula 3000 championship. After he was active in Formula 1 in 2003, he drove from 2004 to 2007 in the Champ Car Series and won twice the runner-up. Since 2008 he starts in the IndyCar Series.

  • 3.1 Career stations
  • 3.2 Detailed results in F3000
  • 3.3 Statistics in Formula 1 3.3.1 Individual Results


Beginnings in motorsport

Wilson began his motorsport career in 1987 at the age of nine years in karting. He won a few races and club championships. In 1994 he moved to Formula racing and immediately won the championship title in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Championship. In 1995 he started in the regular Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship and finished the season in third place. A year later he moved to the Formula Vauxhall and was second with a win. While his teammate Luciano Burti 1997 won the championship of the Formula Vauxhall, Wilson was fourth overall with two wins. In 1998, he won the Formula Palmer Audi newly created with a total of 9 wins this season of 17 races.


In 1999, Wilson in the International Formula 3000 championship and became the Belgian Team Astro Mega teammate Gonzalo Rodríguez. Wilson had in his first Formula 3000 season not with his teammates, who died shortly before the end of the season in an accident in Laguna Seca, with and was with two sixth places for the best results 20th in the overall standings.

In 2000, Wilson Nordic Racing and scored in the second race of the season at Silverstone in third his first podium placement in the formula 3,000. Finally, he finished the season with a second place as best result in fifth place overall. 2001 Wilson was charged with three wins and a new record score of 71 points won the Formula 3000th He had significant lead over his rivals Mark Webber and his teammate Tomáš Enge, who had scored 39 points each. In addition, it marked with ten podium finishes also set a new record at podium ranks. In addition, he took part in a race of the FIA GT Championship.

Formula 1

In winter, Wilson tried to find a cockpit in F1. During test drives for Jordan Grand Prix, he convinced the fastest pilot. Finally got the second fastest driver Takuma Satō the Jordan cockpit. The advantage Sato was that he was assisted by Jordan's engine partner Honda, and also had more experience as a test driver. Initially he thought about a change in the Champ Car series, he moved to the World Series by Nissan Telefónica. Starting for Racing Engineering, he was with two victories and six other podium finishes fourth in the overall standings. He defeated team internally his teammate Franck Montagny, who won the vice-championship.

Almost Wilson would be able to contest his first Grand Prix as a replacement for Alex Yoong at Minardi already in the 2002 Formula 1 season, but the racing was too big for the Minardi cockpit and thus had to forego the early exchange. He was finally obliged by Formula 1 team boss Paul Stoddart as Minardi driver for 2003 in late 2002. Wilson had to pay for his cockpit around 5 million euros. He received the required sum for his efforts by selling investment shares on his person. In his second race, the Malaysian Grand Prix Wilson had to be flown to the hospital after an incident with the HANS system. The rider was having trouble with his seating position and had to abandon the race with pain in the shoulders.

Although Wilson was under contract until 2005 at Minardi, he left the team after eleven races and walked to from the Grand Prix of Germany for Jaguar Racing. At the change occurred because Jaguar was with the previous pilot Antonio Pizzonia anything but satisfied. At Jaguar, he received the cockpit next to his former Formula 3000 rival Webber. In the five races he completed for Jaguar Racing, he scored in eighth at the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis his only point in Formula 1 His first season he finished in 20th place in the World Cup. Jaguar wanted to also commit for the 2004 season on him though, but again failed due to the lack of sponsors dowry Wilson. He lost his cockpit to Christian Klien, who brought a financially strong sponsor with Red Bull. Despite his three-year contract with Minardi Wilson regretted the move to Jaguar after the end of his commitment not because his financial resources were depleted after the 2003 season and he would not have been able to finance the Minardi cockpit on.

Champ Car Series

After he had received no test driver cockpit on the 2004 Formula 1 season, Wilson moved to the North American Champ Car series, in which he for Conquest Racing was launched in 2004. His debut season, he finished with a fourth place as best result in eleventh place overall. He also became the second best rookie behind AJ Allmendinger. In addition, he participated in the 2004 in a race of the American Le Mans Series ( ALMS) and debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 2005 Wilson moved to RuSPORT and was teammate Allmendinger. Wilson sat down within the team immediately against his teammates through and won in the Streets of Toronto his first Champ Car race. With another victory in Mexico City, he finished at the end of the season behind the two Newman / Haas driver Sebastien Bourdais and Oriol Servia in third place in the championship.

In 2006, Wilson improved to second overall behind Bourdais. This time he managed a win in Edmonton and he finished five races in second place. His teammates Allmendinger, who left the team after four races, and Cristiano da Matta and Ryan Briscoe, who then drove to replace Allmendinger, he was clearly in control. For the second to last race in Surfers Paradise Wilson did not occur because of a broken hand.

In 2007, Wilson with Alex Tagliani a new teammates. However, does not change the internal team ranking. Wilson drove the Dutch Assen another Champ Car victory and had to again finish the season only beaten Bourdais. In addition, Wilson took part in two races in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

IndyCar Series

For the 2008 Champ Car season, Wilson had already been signed as the successor of Bourdais a contract with Newman / Haas / Lanigan Racing. After the reunification of the Champ Car series with the IndyCar Series racers kept his cockpit for the 2008 season, as his team took in the IndyCar Series. As a teammate of Graham Rahal, he scored after the first time he was in Edmonton as third on the podium, in Detroit, his first victory in the IndyCar Series. At the end of the season, he finished ahead of Rahal, who was 17, the eleventh overall. Behind Hideki Mutoh, he was the second- best rookie this season. Like last year, he also started a race in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

For the 2009 season Wilson lost his Newman / Haas / Lanigan cockpit and Dale Coyne Racing, he joined a team that was usually placed at the end of the field. However, Wilson was the very first race that he got along well with the car and finished the race in third place, which represented also the best finish in the history of his team. In addition, Watkins Glen Wilson succeeded the first victory for Dale Coyne Racing to achieve. At the end of the season he finished ninth in the overall standings.

2010 Wilson moved together with his sponsor Z-Line surprising to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. With two second places, which he achieved on circular courses, as the best results, he finished in eleventh place in the drivers' standings. In the Rolex Sports Car Series Wilson scored at the 24 - hour race at Daytona this year along with his teammate Max Papis, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in second place. In the 2011 season, Wilson walked again for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in the IndyCar Series at the start. At the first race he came in tenth place finish. However, Wilson moved to a small wrist fracture at a contact, but because he had to miss a race. In training for the race in Lexington Wilson had an accident in which he incurred a compression fracture of the fifth vertebra. Wilson came the exit of the first corner off the track, was excavated from a ground wave and beat on the ground with the break came about. Wilson dropped out by the end of the season. He was represented by several cyclists. At the end of the season he was with a fifth place as best result at the 24th place overall. In addition, Wilson took before the season once again participate in the 24 - hour race at Daytona.

For IndyCar Series season 2012 Wilson returned to Dale Coyne Racing. When Firestone 550 in Fort Worth Wilson scored his first win of the season and he won for the first time in his career on a oval track. At the end of the season he was on the 15th place in the overall standings. Team Intern he sat down with it through against James Jakes. In addition, Wilson won starting for Michael Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian with his teammate AJ Allmendinger, Oswaldo Negri and John Pew in the 24- hour race at Daytona. 2013 was Wilson at Dale Coyne Racing in the IndyCar Series. After two top - 10 finishes, he stood at the third race in Long Beach as the third on the podium. He repeated this result in the first race in Detroit, which won his team -mate Mike Conway. When GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, he scored with a second place his best result until then. In the next race in Baltimore, his brother Stefan was his team mate. The two were in the IndyCar Series for the first pair of brothers in a team. It was also the first time that the two brothers at the same time were active in a racing series. In Houston, he scored another podium placing third last race of the season. At the last race, the MAVTV 500, Wilson was involved in a serious accident. His loss of control of vehicle was hit by Tristan Vautier. Wilson suffered a broken pelvis in the accident. He finished the season starting in sixth place overall. In 13 out of 19 races he entered the top 10. In addition, Wilson took part in six races in the Rolex Sports Car Series for Michael Shank Racing. He reached the podium twice this in the DP rating.

Wilson stands up to the end of the 2015 season with Dale Coyne Racing under contract.


Justin Wilson since 2006 has been married to Julia Wilson and father of two daughters who were born in 2008 and 2010. He lives in Longmont, Colorado. With a size of 1.91 m, the Briton is one of the major automobile racing drivers and is in the season of 2010, the largest IndyCar pilot.

Justin Wilsons younger brother Stefan Wilson is also racing driver.


Career stations

  • 2002: World Series by Nissan (4th place )
  • 2003: Formula 1 ( 20th place )
  • 2004: Champ Car ( # 11 )
  • 2004: ALMS, LMP1 class ( # 27 )
  • 2005: Champ Car ( 3rd place)
  • 2006: Champ Car (2nd place)
  • 2007: Champ Car (2nd place)
  • 2007: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( place 65)
  • 2008: IndyCar Series (No. 11)
  • 2008: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( place 50)
  • 2009: IndyCar Series (No. 9)
  • 2010: IndyCar Series (No. 11)
  • 2010: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( No. 39 )
  • 2011: IndyCar Series (No. 24)
  • 2011: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( number 29 )
  • 2012: IndyCar Series (No. 15)
  • 2012: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( place 26)
  • 2013: IndyCar Series ( 6th place)
  • 2013: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( No. 21 )
  • 2014: IndyCar Series

Individual results in F3000

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Statistics in Formula 1

Individual results

Individual results in the Champ Car series

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Individual results in the IndyCar Series

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Le Mans results