Wilson joins the team for Round 7 of the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship after sponsorship difficulties for Antonio Pizzonia’s supporters will see the quick Brazilian stepping away from his commitment with the team. Yacaman and Pizzonia scored a best finish of fourth place at Road Atlanta in just their third start together.
“Unfortunately Antonio’s group had some sponsorship challenges, so we needed to develop a new plan for this weekend,” said team owner Mike Shank, who has seen his team stage yet another huge effort to prepare for the race weekend after a fire at their home track of Mid-Ohio ended the day early for the No. 6 Ford-Riley. “It is a shame, as Antonio is a true talent, and we really appreciated his efforts– he was quick right from the start for us. We are very lucky to have someone like Justin available on this short notice, and I want to thank Dale (Coyne), for letting him race with us at the Glen.”
“It was an honor for me to share the driving duties of the No. 6 MSR Ford-Riley with Antonio Pizzonia,” said Yacaman. “He is a really great guy who I learned a lot from and it’s sad to be unable to finish the season with him. I have known Justin (Wilson) for a while now and had the chance to work alongside him in 2012 and 2013 when he ran in the No. 60 MSR entry at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. He is a great guy whom I am sure I will be able to work with very well and learn a lot from. I want to take a moment and thank the whole MSR crew who after the unfortunate events that occurred at Mid-Ohio worked hard to get our No. 6 car ready to rock for this weekend at the Glen. I also want to thank Michael Shank for the support he has given me the past few weeks.”