RSPORTS QUALIFY BOTH CARS IN TOP TEN BUT NOT SATISFIED After a promising start that saw both RSPORTS Champ Cars in the top six on Friday in Cleveland, the team was left scratching their heads this afternoon as Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani ...
RSPORTS QUALIFY BOTH CARS IN TOP TEN BUT NOT SATISFIED
After a promising start that saw both RSPORTS Champ Cars in the top six on Friday in Cleveland, the team was left scratching their heads this afternoon as Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani qualified eighth and ninth respectively for Sunday's Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank.
It was a crazy morning for Wilson in the #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgstone during the practice session. Debris on the track caused minor damage to the car, but the #9 CDW car was able to continue. On his final lap, Wilson's wild ride was not yet over, as a little slip off the track caused him to spin, but again he avoided any major damage. Despite his rough on-track session, Wilson seemed to have found the momentum that he was looking for when he posted the third fastest time of the session.
When it came down to final qualifying, where Wilson really needed the result, his fastest lap of 57.079 (132.826 mph) was only good enough for eighth on the grid. His time had improved by three tenths of a second better then his provisional qualifying time on Friday, but it was just not enough to stay on pace to break into the 56 second lap times that were being posted by the front-runners.
Tagliani was working on finding more out of the #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgstone this morning, but was not able to make any substantial gains during the practice session. He posted the ninth quickest time and was hoping that some more changes to the car would result in moving him up the grid compared to his provisional qualifying spot of sixth.
However, it was a disappointing end to a day that was filled with promise. Tagliani improved by five tenths of a second compared to his provisional qualifying time, but his best time today of 57.199 (132.548 mph) placed him ninth on the grid for Round 5 of the Champ Car World Series.
There will be a 30-minute warm up session tomorrow morning, before the Champ Cars take to the grid at 12:15 p.m. ET. The race is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., which will see the Champ Cars attempt their second standing start. The race can be seen live on CBS Sports with coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the RSPORTS team on the internet by logging onto www.champcar.ws and signing up for Race Director.
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
We are obviously not very happy with our result today during final qualifying. I am not really sure what is going on with the #9 CDW car today, but we are going to work on it and see if we can not find where we are losing the time. We have a lot of work to do, but this is a long race and you never know what can happen. So we will do the best we can to prepare for tomorrow's race and hopefully find exactly what we need to put the #9 CDW car back on the podium this weekend."
Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I would be lying if I said that we were happy, because we are not. We are disappointed and a little concerned. There is going to be a lot of hard work in front of our boys tonight, but we are not throwing in the towel just yet. The Cleveland race is always a race that is filled with attrition and a lot can happen. Also, in the championship standings, everyone is getting closer and closer, so I am pretty sure that we are going to see a lot of little things happen in the race as everyone fights for valuable points. So far, I think we have not been in the window that we need to be. Justin (Wilson) and I are very close together in our lap times and I hope we can improve. I am sure our engineers are going to scratch their heads tonight, try to improve, and come up with some options tomorrow to see if we can't find a solution for the race. Other then that, I am just going to race as hard as I can in the #8 RSPORTS car and see where we cross the finish line."