CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Justin Wilson race report

Profile Season News Gallery Merchandise Sponsors Contact Links Justin Wilson was moving strongly through the field at Laguna Seca when he was unceremoniously punted off by Roldolfo Lavin at The Corkscrew on Lap 1. Justin's Mi-Jack Conquest ...

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Justin Wilson was moving strongly through the field at Laguna Seca when he was unceremoniously punted off by Roldolfo Lavin at The Corkscrew on Lap 1. Justin's Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Lola suffered terminal damage to the front left suspension and steering rack. Although the team attempted repairs in the hope they could pick up some valuable points, after 15 laps in the pits they concluded it was too risky to take the car back out on track.

Justin had been looking forward to the race at the undulating Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit, especially given his strong pace at Montreal. However, finding a good set-up for the tight, dusty Californian circuit proved a real challenge. Though Justin and his engineers found additional pace for final qualifying, the car still lacked grip and was still too far from the front-runners' pace. Justin found himself starting unusually far back from 15th on the grid.

Determined to enjoy the race and salvage some decent points, Justin pulled off one of his trademark starts. Before the first lap was halfway gone he had put moves on Guy Smith and Rodolfo Lavin, while Mario Haberfeld had spun and Alex Tagliani had suffered a puncture. But Justin's race was over at Turn 8, the infamous Corkscrew which claimed a number of scalps throughout the weekend.

Talking through the accident after the race, Justin was angry with what he saw as over-aggressive driving by Lavin: "Rodolfo lost momentum after I passed him. I went round the outside at The Corkscrew leaving him plenty of room, but he T-boned me and spun me round. Then, to add insult to injury, he kept ramming the side of the car so he could get going again". Given early pit-stops from the likes of Sebastien Bourdais, Mario Dominguez, and Jimmy Vasser, Justin could have looked forward to a top six finish, which would have been a decent day's work given his qualifying position.

Asked whether this was one to forget, Justin returned the question: "what's to forget?! We're obviously bitterly disappointed to be out of the race, especially since it looks like we could have got a decent result. It's been a difficult weekend all round at Mi-Jack Conquest Racing, but we'll re-group for Las Vegas".

The Champ Car World Series continues on September 25th at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Guy Smith , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Mario Dominguez , Rodolfo Lavin
Teams Conquest Racing