Wilson Takes First Win of 2006 in Edmonton Tired of watching Sebastien Bourdais and A.J. Allmendinger have all the fun atop the victory podium, RuSPORT's Justin Wilson added his name to the list of 2006 Champ Car World Series race winners today...
Wilson Takes First Win of 2006 in Edmonton
Tired of watching Sebastien Bourdais and A.J. Allmendinger have all the fun atop the victory podium, RuSPORT's Justin Wilson added his name to the list of 2006 Champ Car World Series race winners today in Edmonton.
Wilson started the race on the alternate red tires, but he loved his car on the standard-spec black Bridgestone Potenzas. While Bridgestone Pole Award winner Sebastien Bourdais struggled with his car's setup on the prime tires, Wilson gained a comfortable lead and was able to pull away after every restart. In fact, during the last stint, Wilson remained on Bridgestone Blacks while the other front runners switched over to the reds - which are meant to be faster.
Bourdais finished second, and Allmendinger's three-race win streak was broken as he came in third - a notable achievement since he was suffering from flu-like symptoms prior to the race. Wilson was able to move back up to second in the point standings with his victory here today.
From Justin Wilson, #9 CDW RuSPORT Ford/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Today was fantastic. You know, the car was working well, the tires were doing well. I actually really enjoyed being on the standard tires - they seemed to suit my car much better, and they were working well. So, I was very happy out there."
Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary:
The spec that Bridgestone Motorsport brought to Edmonton falls into the middle of the compound durability range of Potenza road course tires. This same standard spec was also used at Cleveland earlier this season. As expected, the standard Potenzas withstood the demands of the hot and bumpy airport circuit. The "softer" alternate spec was used as the standard tire at Monterrey and Portland. Each car received six sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of the red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec was required to be run during Sunday's race.
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"Tires were definitely one of the big stories of the day today. It was fascinating to watch Wilson excel on the standard tires, while many of the other drivers preferred the alternates. That is the reason we developed this concept and extended it to all Champ Car events except Milwaukee this year - it adds such an element of strategy and interest to the race. Most important from a tire perspective, it was really hot, but both the standard and alternate tires ran without any durability issues. That speaks volumes about the technology Bridgestone has developed over the years. Congratulations to Wilson and RuSPORT for their first victory of the season."
Race temperatures ranged from 103 to 124 degrees track and from 86 to 94
degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 39.5 to 51 degrees track and from 30 to 34.5 degrees ambient (C).