CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: RuSPORT Racing Saturday report

Justin Wilson improves to third place on the streets of Downtown Denver Denver, Colo., Aug. 12, 2006 -- Justin Wilson ( ...

Justin Wilson improves to third place on the streets of Downtown Denver

Denver, Colo., Aug. 12, 2006 -- Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) improved his starting position for the Grand Prix of Denver, moving from fourth in provisional qualifying to third in final qualifying, recording a best lap time of 59.878 seconds on the streets of Downtown Denver. Wilson heads into tomorrow's race with momentum on his side, as he will start the event from his best starting position in three Champ Car events in Denver.

"My car was generally getting better as the day went on," said Wilson. "We made some improvements. I feel that we're going the right direction, but we're unfortunately not quick enough to challenge Sebastien or A.J. We've got a little bit of work to do to get ready for tomorrow's race. We're just going to go away, work on it, see what we can find, and see if we can get a little more grip out of the car. That's where we are just struggling a little bit...for overall grip, really. The balance is not too bad, but we have slight understeer. We've just got to do a slightly better job."

RuSPORT is competing in Denver without the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car, as Cristiano 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.

"We've made a net gain of one position from provisional qualifying on Friday, and that's good," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "But we don't quite have the car speed we'd like. Clearly, Sebastien is very hooked up, and did a very impressive lap on his final lap of qualifying. But I think Justin has quite a good car on the black-sidewalled Bridgestone Potenza tires, and I think we can have a good run on Sunday. We continue to be concerned about Cristiano and his family, and we hope we can bring home a great result for them."

-credit: RuSPORT

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Cristiano da Matta