CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: RuSPORT race report

Justin Wilson Finishes in Eighth Place on the Streets of Denver Difficult weekend for RuSPORT ends with a disappointing result Denver, Colo., Aug. 13, 2006 -- On a day when the thoughts of many members of the Champ Car community were with ...

Justin Wilson Finishes in Eighth Place on the Streets of Denver
Difficult weekend for RuSPORT ends with a disappointing result

Denver, Colo., Aug. 13, 2006 -- On a day when the thoughts of many members of the Champ Car community were with Cristiano da Matta and his family, Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) finished in eighth place in the Grand Prix of Denver sponsored by Bridgestone. The result caused Wilson to slip downward one position in the Champ Car World Series Driver's Championship, from second to third place.

RuSPORT competed in Denver without the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car, as da Matta continues to recover from a serious head injury he suffered in a collision with a deer during a test session at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., on August 3.

"Obviously, we're disappointed," said Wilson. "The CDW team worked hard all weekend to improve the performance of the car and get quicker, but we just couldn't make up for the problems we encountered during the last stint of the race. We were also hoping to give a better result to Cristiano and his family, as well as our hometown fans here in Denver. But this team never gives up, so I know we'll work hard over the next two weeks and be ready to go in Montreal."

"Today was a very difficult day for the team," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "It was difficult, first of all, because Cristiano isn't here with us. Our thoughts are with him and his family today, and we really had hoped to pull out a great result for them, but that it was not to be. We definitely struggled today. We were pretty good in the first stint, and very good in the second stint of the race. Justin even led the race during the second stint. We knew we didn't have the quickest car today, but we thought we had a podium car...we just struggled in the last stint with the alternate red-sidewalled Bridgestone tires. We just didn't have the lap time, and we fell down the order. It's a huge frustration for the team, but all we can do is pick up the pieces, get back to work and aim for a strong result in Montreal."

The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues with the Grand Prix of Montreal, August 25-27. The race will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, August 27, beginning at 1:30 pm EDT.

-credit: RuSPORT.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Cristiano da Matta