Justin Wilson at Dale Coyne Racing for 2009

Richard DeveauCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2009

Dale Coyne Racing has been involved in American open wheel racing for 25 years, competing in CART/Champcar before moving to the Indycar Series after American open wheel unification last year.

Coyne has hired some talented drivers in the past, such as: Bruno Junqueira, Oriol Servia, Michel Jourdain and Alex Barron; but he is yet to make the trip to victory lane.

That could be about to change this year.

Justin Wilson, former Formula 1 driver and winner in both the Champcar World Series and the Indycar Series, is supposedly close to signing a deal with Coyne's team.

Nothing is certain yet, but sources say that Wilson has been in talks with the team for three weeks and they are very close to making a deal.

"I haven't signed a contract yet, and we're still working on some things but it's looking good," said Wilson, who lost his ride with Newman/Haas/Lanigan when no sponsorship could be found.

"I met Bill Pappas (Dale Coyne Racing engineer) yesterday and Dale seems very intent on being competitive, so I intend to make the most it."

Coyne admitted that sponsorship was on the horizon, but that the funding may come from his own pocket.

"I am committed to make it happen because I've got unfinished business in this sport," he said. "Bill is a great fit for this team and obviously Justin is one of the best drivers out there so we're going after it."

Wilson scored five victories in Champcar's final season, finishing second in points behind his teammate at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, Sebastien Bourdais.

Wilson then made the transition to the Indycar Series, where the road was initially bumpy. But he was able to finish the season well with a victory on the streets of Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

Wilson lost his ride at N/H/L Racing this off-season after Robert Doornbos and Milka Duno were able to bring more sponsorship dollars to the team.

"Is Bruno [Junqueira] out of the picture for 2009? No, we're working on several things," said Coyne. "He's been good for us and I think we were good for him, and we want to run a second car if we can pull things together."