CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: RSPORTS Saturday notes

WILSON ALMOST PUT THE CDW CAR ON POLE IN EDMONTON WHILE TAGLIANI STRUGGLES EDMONTON, AB, Canada -- Final qualifying for Sunday's Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton took place this afternoon seeing Justin Wilson almost put the ...

WILSON ALMOST PUT THE CDW CAR ON POLE IN EDMONTON WHILE TAGLIANI STRUGGLES

EDMONTON, AB, Canada -- Final qualifying for Sunday's Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton took place this afternoon seeing Justin Wilson almost put the #9 CDW/RSPORTS Champ Car on the pole for the second time this season, while teammate Alex Tagliani struggles with a slower #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car today in Edmonton.

It was a bittersweet start for RSPORTS this morning, one that saw Tagliani only complete six laps due to an incident, while his stablemate Wilson completed 23 laps this morning finishing the session on top. Only 22 minutes into the session, Tagliani found himself in the tire barrier in Turn 12 after the car went lose on him. His car had to be towed back to the paddock as there was some damage done to the rear wing of the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car, along with rear suspension damage. Exactly at the same time as Tagliani spun, teammate Wilson found himself in a situation when Paul Tracy got on the brakes in front of him leaving him with no where to go but into him. He ruined a set of tires and damaged the nose cone on the #9 CDW car. However, the tires and nose cone where replaced and the Englishman was able to continue. And that he did, with vengeance, as he recorded the fastest time of the morning practice session with a 58.931 (120.527 mph).

Knowing that losing valuable track time in the morning hurt Tagliani, he was ready to get back out there and try again. The Canadian was hoping to improve his time of 59.483 (119.409 mph) posted during his second and only run yesterday during provisional qualifying, but he was one of four drives that were unable to do that this afternoon. His best lap during the final round of qualifying turned was a 59.549 (119.277 mph), putting him tenth overall today. With the combined results from both Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions, that time sets him ninth on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Wilson topped the charts during most of the qualifying session this afternoon up until the final minute when it was taken away by Will Power, the eventual pole winner in Edmonton today. However, Wilson was on another flier that would have recorded a time to reclaim the top spot, when he was slowed up by another car on the track. Frustrated, he knew he could have had the #9 CDW car on the pole, Wilson's time of 58.410 (121.617 mph) left him second overall this afternoon. However, with Sebastien Bourdais claiming the provisional pole, he was guaranteed a front row starting position, pushing Wilson back to the third spot on the Edmonton grid.

Now if history does repeat itself, Wilson may find his way back to the top of the podium. In his two previous starts, Wilson has started in the top three. Last season, he started in the third spot, grabbed the lead on Laps 54-60, then again from Laps 65-85 to take the checkered flag for the win.

There will be a 30-minute warm up session tomorrow morning before the RSPORTS team grids their Champ Cars at 12:15 p.m. local time. Round 8 of the 2007 Champ Car World Series, the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton is scheduled to take the green light at 1:00 p.m., marking the fifth standing start attempt this season. The race can be seen live on ESPN in the United States and on Global in Canada with coverage beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the RSPORTS team on the internet by logging onto www.champcar.ws and signing up for Race Director.

Quotes

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"The CDW car was feeling good. "I was on a quicker lap and I caught Will (Power) in the last corner and lost a couple of 10ths. That lap was going to be quicker, but that's how it goes sometimes. Thanks to everyone at the #9 CDW team - they've worked hard this weekend to give me a quick car. I'm very pleased with the way things are going and I'm looking forward to the race."

Alex Tagliani #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"Today did not go as well as we were expecting or hoping for. I am not happy, we are going slower then we were yesterday. I do not know what exactly is going on, but we have a lot of work to do so that we hopefully can have a decent race tomorrow in the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car."

-credit: rsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power