CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: RuSPORT Racing preview

RuSPORT enters round 10 of the 2006 Champ Car World Series with much more on their minds than just a race. Cristiano da Matta, driver of the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car, will be in the thoughts of the team as well, as he continues to recover from a...

RuSPORT enters round 10 of the 2006 Champ Car World Series with much more on their minds than just a race. Cristiano da Matta, driver of the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car, will be in the thoughts of the team as well, as he continues to recover from a serious head injury he suffered during last week's Champ Car Open Test at Road America in Wisconsin.

Da Matta's No. 10 RuSPORT Car has been withdrawn from competition in the Grand Prix of Denver. Justin Wilson will pilot the No. 9 CDW / RuSPORT Champ Car as scheduled. This will mark the first time in Wilson's Champ Car career that he won't have a teammate for the weekend, and it is also the first time that RuSPORT will run a one-car effort since they came to the Champ Car World Series in 2004.

RuSPORT will display da Matta's No. 10 Champ Car in the Champ Car Paddock throughout the race weekend in Denver. In addition, the No. 10 RuSPORT team will use the car as they participate in pit stop demonstrations during fan pit walk activities, and at other points during the weekend.

Wilson currently leads the Bridgestone Passion For Excellence Award after nine races, pacing Will Power by 2.936 seconds. Wilson would be the first person other than Sebastien Bourdais to win the award in this, its fourth year. The winner of the award is determined by adding each Champ Car driver's fastest lap times at each race together. The driver with the quickest total lap time at the end of the season wins.

Wilson sits in second place in the Champ Car World Series Driver's Championship, just 31 points behind the leader, Sebastien Bourdais. Wilson maintained his hold on second place in the championship by finishing in third place in the Grand Prix of San Jose, two weekends ago. Wilson's third-place finish was his sixth podium finish of 2006, and the ninth of his Champ Car career. He earned an extra championship point in San Jose for improving the most spots on the grid during the race, moving up from 12th to third.

Wilson shared the podium in San Jose with da Matta, who finished second. The runner-up result gave da Matta his first podium finish of 2006 and the 20th of his Champ Car career.

The Grand Prix of Denver is the "home race" for RuSPORT, which is based in the Denver Metropolitan Area.

-credit: RuSPORT

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power , Cristiano da Matta