SPEEDWAY, Ind. — The Indianapolis 500 will see its traditional 33 car field when the green flag drops on Memorial Day weekend.
Cusick Motorsports has announced it will be returning to the race this year in a partnership with DragonSpeed Racing. The partnership is an amalgamation of resources to field a 33rd car.
“I’m so excited to be back at the event that ignited my passion for motorsports several decades ago,” said founder Don Cusick. “To be partnered with a young, hungry, and professional organization like DragonSpeed makes it all the better.”
Cusick Motorsports first competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 2021 in a partnership with Andretti Autosport. Wilson was the driver then and is returning once again and finished 33rd because of an early crash on Lap 32.
“The journey to the 2022 Indianapolis 500 has been a roller coaster ride for Cusick Motorsports, our partners, and myself,” Wilson said. “A few short weeks ago it didn’t look like this was going to happen for us, but I’m so relieved all of the pieces came together to get another shot at this race.”
The hang-up for a 33rd car in the race over the last month has been resources. None of the current teams already fielding cars quite had everything needed to put together a combined effort for a 33rd car in the field.
However, under the new deal announced on Thursday, Cusick is providing financial backing for Stefan Wilson’s entry with a full pit crew and engineers being provided by DrangonSpeed. AJ Foyt Racing is supplying the equipment, including an available Dallara chassis.
“The Cusick Motorsports and DragonSpeed partnership couldn’t be a better fit, and I know it’ll be a great combination for Indy this year, as well as for future opportunities. I’m also looking forward to joining Team Chevy and wearing a bowtie this month,” Wilson added.
Wilson is racing sports cars primarily this season in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. He has not driven an Indy car since last year’s Indianapolis 500.