Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson was awarded the Earl Howe Trophy during the annual British Racing Drivers’ Club awards program Dec. 2 in London.

The trophy is presented to the highest placed British driver in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, or to the British driver who has established the most meritorious performance of the year in North America. Wilson, who started 14th in the 97th Indianapolis 500 in a Dale Coyne Racing car, finished fifth.

Six days later at Belle Isle, he qualified 17th and drove to third place in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix doubleheader. Among Wilson's seven top-five finishes through the 19-race season, he had a best result of second at Sonoma Raceway.

On Dec. 1, Wilson was a nominee in the Autosport Awards' British Racing Driver of the Year category, which was won by Lewis Hamilton based on online voting of Autosport magazine subscribers. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was a nominee in the International Racing Driver of the Year category, which was won by four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel.

Wilson is at home in Colorado, beginning rehabilitation from injuries suffered in the season finale Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway. He was given clearance by doctors last week to start training.