CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: justin Wilson Friday notes

Friday's first qualifying session for the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton came to a frustratingly premature conclusion when the session ended after 21 minutes. The red flag flew to attend to PKV's Tristan Gommendy who had made contact with the wall...

Friday's first qualifying session for the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton came to a frustratingly premature conclusion when the session ended after 21 minutes. The red flag flew to attend to PKV's Tristan Gommendy who had made contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 6 and was complaining of lower back pain. Gommendy was then transported to a local hospital for precautionary x-rays. No further reports on his condition have been released at the time of writing.

At that time, Justin was in the pits after his first stint during which his lap of 59.174s (120.032 mph) was good enough for 6th place. "We missed out on the second run like most people", said Justin. "I felt that we had a little bit left in the car, but I don't think it would have been enough to grab the pole today. Still, I was looking forward to getting back out there and going for another run."

The fastest time when the session was terminated was recorded by Sebastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas/Lanigan) with a lap of 58.709s (120.983 mph). This guarantees the Frenchman a front row start for Sunday's race.

Justin is confident that the #9 CDW team will be there or thereabouts in Saturday's final qualifying. "The car seems to be quick and we've got plenty of tyres left for final qualifying", he said. "We only used one set this afternoon and we have two sets of the red Bridgestone Potenza tyres left for tomorrow. So, I think that we will be in good shape for the rest of the weekend and hopefully we can improve our time in tomorrow's qualifying, when the track should be quicker."

-credit: jw

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais , Tristan Gommendy