Andretti Autosport will run six cars in this year’s Indianapolis 500, bringing Stefan Wilson back to the stable for his second race with the team.
The team will partner with LOHLA SPORT to field its additional entry, taking advantage of the fledgling golfing brand’s ties with country clubs and resorts to help fund the car.
Wilson is the younger brother of the late Justin Wilson, who lost his life in 2015 when a nosecone from another car struck him in the helmet while at speed.
This race will be Wilson’s third Indy 500, and the second with Andretti after he finished 15th in 2018.
With more than 33 entries now confirmed for this year’s 105th running of the great race, he will need to get past bump day in order to be able to qualify for the event.
“After leading laps with Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, I’m hungry to return and finish the job,” said Wilson in a statement.
“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.
“This program also represents the birth of Cusick Motorsports, and I am hopeful the 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be a springboard to many exciting opportunities for the Cusick Motorsports brand in the future.
“Lastly, I am thankful to have Expedia Group’s VIP Access join the effort, along with Menlo Ventures, VSRS and Liberty Group.”
The historic Andretti team is no stranger to running large numbers of cars, and ran six cars in last year’s Indy 500 as well through multiple partnerships.
Although it has been common for Indy 500 entrants to run the GMR Grand Prix on the road course earlier in the month, there is no plan for that arrangement with Wilson.
“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,” said Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport.
“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.”
This year’s Indy 500 moves back to its traditional slot at the end of May, and will take place on Sunday the 30th at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.