Full Name: Stefan Wilson
Birth Date: September 20th, 1989
Hometown: Sheffield, England
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN
Height: 6', 3 1/2" (192 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Stefan Wilson burns with belief, a trait essential to win in the ultra-competitive world of global motorsports.
But Wilson is different. He fuses trust in his talent as an elite driver – the now – with a fervent sense of responsibility for our planet – the future.
He hails from Great Britain, an island nation known for clouds and rain, yet Wilson looks to the sun to illuminate the road forward for the next generation of auto racing and to ensure sustainability for future generations on Earth. He knows motorsports is the perfect platform to show the power of solar energy for racing – and for the world.
That belief is a reflection of Wilson’s unique personality. He’s idealistic. Approachable. Unselfish. Thoughtful. Responsible.
Those traits are uncommon in the winner-takes-all arena of global motor racing, where second place is often remembered as only first loser. His talent in karting and junior open-wheel formulas was proven and recognized when he earned the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, awarded annually to the most promising young driver in talent-rich Great Britain.
Wilson then progressed to win in this unforgiving world, with victories in major junior open-wheel series in Europe and North America, including Indy Lights.
But Wilson’s vast experience as a rising star in racing, where results speak louder than intent, has helped him understand his goal to expand solar power in the pits and the penthouses of the world doesn’t require an environmental revolution.
Instead, change will come with something simple, with just one step toward sustainability – by everyone.
Wilson wants to take that step through the unparalleled platform of the 100th Indianapolis 500 in May 2016, an event that will captivate millions around the world. He wants to harness the sun for something simple yet vital, such as a small solar panel on his 230-mph race car to power his pit-to-cockpit radio. Or solar panels on the pit box powering the team’s computers.
The Indianapolis 500 has been an incubator for automotive technology since its origins in the early 20th century. Now Wilson wants to continue and elevate that innovation with solar power, proving its viability for vehicles and for everyday applications.
Wilson also wants to continue his family legacy at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and in North American motorsport. His older brother, Justin, is a multi-time winner in Champ Car and IndyCar competition and also has competed at the highest levels of North American sports car racing.
Stefan Wilson believes he has a bright future in the cockpit. And he’s ready to light the way to victory lane and help ensure sustainable energy for future generations with solar power.