CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Justin Wilson Saturday report

Justin holds on to front row start at Edmonton Justin will start the Grand Prix of Edmonton from the front row, alongside team-mate and polesitter A.J. Allmendinger. His second place starting position marks his third front row start in 2005. The...

Justin holds on to front row start at Edmonton

Justin will start the Grand Prix of Edmonton from the front row, alongside team-mate and polesitter A.J. Allmendinger. His second place starting position marks his third front row start in 2005. The RuSPORT team-mates crystallised their Friday provisional qualifying positions on an overcast Saturday, after heavy rain and a drying track prevented the field from bettering their Friday times.

Even though there was little chance of beating A.J.'s pole time, many were aiming for the consolation prize of a bonus Championship point for fastest time in Saturday's session and a guaranteed place on the front-row. The track had dried considerably by the time final qualifying started, but the field's initial reluctance to take to a still-drying track, followed by a lengthy red flag period, left little time for the drivers to get down to business. As the session went green with nine minutes to go, Justin started putting in fast laps that looked likely to see him challenge for Saturday's pole, but contact from another car at Turn 7 put an end to his efforts.

Although pleased to have secured another front row start for Sunday's race, Justin was disappointed with the abrupt end to his qualifying efforts. "It was a bit disappointing to end the session this way today. From my point of view, I went out, I was behind Sebastien (Bourdais), was quicker than him, so I backed off to leave a gap, and let Timo (Glock) get past me. That was fine. I just pulled over and let him go. Then I seemed to catch him up pretty easily in the first three or four corners. Into turn five, he slid in there, dropped back, and missed the apex. Going into six, he seemed to slow up and hug the inside. I just presumed he was letting me through. Went casually up the inside into seven and found out that wasn't his plan. We came together at the apex of seven. That ended the session. It was a little bit confusing from my point of view. Like I said, I thought he was leaving the door open. That wasn't what happened. It's still great that we're starting at the front again. We'll let the race unfold and expect to deliver another top finish for RuSPORT and CDW."

-jwilson

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger