CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: RuSPORT Racing preview

- RuSPORT enters round 8 of the 2006 Champ Car World Series with a strong desire to improve on its performance over the past two events in Toronto and Cleveland. After a fourth place finish by Justin Wilson ( ...

- RuSPORT enters round 8 of the 2006 Champ Car World Series with a strong desire to improve on its performance over the past two events in Toronto and Cleveland. After a fourth place finish by Justin Wilson (#9 CDW/RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) and a fifth place finish by Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) in Toronto, RuSPORT is looking to rebound and post some better results in Edmonton.

- So far this season, Wilson has recorded six top-five finishes, four of those being runner-up finishes, and one pole position at the street circuit in Toronto. Da Matta has posted three finishes in the top five in 2006: Long Beach, Portland and Toronto.

- After finishing fourth in Toronto, Wilson dropped from second to third place in the 2006 Champ Car Driver's Championship standings, while da Matta moved to eighth place, just six points outside of the top five.

- Da Matta will make his 100th career Champ Car start in Edmonton. By starting this weekend's race, da Matta joins an exclusive club of current Champ Car drivers who have made at least 100 career starts: Oriol Servia (106), Alex Tagliani (111), Jimmy Vasser (232) and Paul Tracy (243). Over the course of 99 race events, da Matta, the 2002 Champ Car World Series Champion, has posted 12 victories, 19 podium finishes, and has won seven poles. Of the four other current drivers who have started 100 races, only Tracy has more victories (30). Da Matta's career winning percentage is identical to Tracy's at .120.

- Last year in Edmonton, Wilson led four laps and finished in fourth place after qualifying second. Da Matta, who was driving for PKV Racing at the time, qualified in fifth position on the starting grid, but experienced some mechanical problems during the race, and officially finished in 17th place.

-RuSPORT

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta