Adjustment pad, wheel guns and water fire extinguishers from Andretti Autosport. Great stroller from Juncos Hollinger Racing. Filling tank and truck with nitrogen for pit lane from Team Penske.
The Indy 500 build of the 33rd and latest entry for Stephen Wilson was a version of IndyCar taking the village to pick up all aspects of the program at the last minute. Working in partnership with Wilson’s friend and sponsor Don Cusick and Cusick Motorsports with Elton Julian’s team with open wheels and DragonSpeed sports cars, co-entry was also made possible with all of the aforementioned equipment and chassis supplied by Racing AJ Foyt. .
NTT IndyCar Series President Jay Fry has played an important role in attracting members of his squad to make all important items available to Cusick / DragonSpeed, and it was Voight’s team that went more than sure to make sure Wilson was ready for the 13- 15 hours on Tuesday.
The original plan was for DragonSpeed, who raced last weekend at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in mid-Ohio, driving four hours west after Sunday’s race – which he won in the LMP2 class with Juan Pablo Mantoya and Henrik Hetman – and Henrik Hetman – and convert Foyt Chevy № 11 Tatiana Calderon from road configuration to Wilson car № 25 Speedway.
But out of concerns about a quick turn, Voight’s team returned the car to its store near IMS on Saturday night, hours after the Indus Grand Prix, and began the conversion process. Wilson arrived Sunday morning to set the seat and pedal as the car was wrapped, and learned that one of the crew had continued all night to bring the car to an impressive condition by the time her driver entered the building.
“AJ Foyt Racing crew, I can’t thank them,” Wilson told RACER. “This car was involved in the GP, they had to smash the car on Saturday night, turn off the back, turn on the back of the speedway and the engine that I will use for the rest of the Indianapolis 500.
Thanks to Voight’s crew, the DragonSpeed team was able to have a good rest before meeting Monday morning at Gasoline Alley to help finish the remaining items on the to-do list № 25.
“And then (Voith’s team) also had to glue and wrap the whole car,” Wilson continued. “At the same time so many sleepless hours from Saturday to Sunday. And last night, too, to make it look the way it does now. ”