Servia to drive Wil­son’s No. 25 Honda in fi­nale

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Justin Wil­son’s race car will be back on track for the IndyCar sea­son fi­nale.

An­dretti Au­tosport an­nounced Thurs­day that se­ries vet­eran Oriol Servia will drive Wil­son’s No. 25 Honda at Sonoma Race­way this week­end.

Wil­son died Mon­day, a day af­ter a piece of de­bris from another car struck him in the head at Po­cono Race­way.

“Justin was a true racer and ad­vo­cate to our sport,” team owner Michael An­dretti said. “We will have Justin and his fam­ily in our hearts this week­end as we honor him in the way he would want us to, by do­ing what he loved — rac­ing.”

Servia and Wil­son were close friends, which makes Servia’s task “so dif­fi­cult on so many lev­els for ob­vi­ous rea­sons,” he said.

“It’s hard for the words to come out the right way,” Servia added. “I have known and raced Justin for more than 10 years. I have an enor­mous amount of re­spect for him as a racer, but his qual­i­ties as a hu­man were def­i­nitely an in­spi­ra­tion to any­one who ever met him.

“I am hon­ored and emo­tional with the op­por­tu­nity of driv­ing his car this week­end.”

Wil­son’s fam­ily agreed to let An­dretti put the No. 25 back on track.

“As a fam­ily, we can­not imag­ine a bet­ter per­son to race in Justin’s honor than Oriol,” said Wil­son’s younger brother, Ste­fan Wil­son. “His path and Justin’s crossed in many dif­fer­ent ways through the years. As a com­peti­tor, and also as a per­son, he car­ries Justin’s spirit well, and we know that Justin would ap­prove.”

IndyCar’s Marco An­dretti drove the No. 25 across the Golden Gate Bridge on Thurs­day, lead­ing a mo­tor­cade to honor Wil­son.

Michael An­dretti later an­nounced Servia would be be­hind wheel for the sea­son fi­nale.

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