CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Justin Wilson Saturday report

Justin lines up 8th on Vegas grid After a positive start to his Vegas weekend on Friday, Justin's ...

Justin lines up 8th on Vegas grid

After a positive start to his Vegas weekend on Friday, Justin's #9 CDW car struggled for pace in Saturday's final qualifying session. Justin posted the 7th fastest time (1:19.269, 110.813 mph). Although Paul Tracy was only 9th fastest in final qualifying, the Canadian's Friday provisional pole secures his front row starting slot for Sunday's race, pushing Justin back to 8th on the grid.

Will Power took pole position for Team Australia with a crushing lap of 1:17.269 (113.154 mph), while Justin's RSPORTS team-mate Alex Tagliani was 3rd fastest in the session (1:18.850) and lines up 4th on the grid.

Though Justin wasn't happy with today's result, one of his main champtionship rivals, Sebastien Bourdais, suffered even worse fortunes. The Frenchman failed to set a time after grinding to a halt on his first lap with gearbox problems and starts from the last row of the grid.

From Justin's perspective, the main focus now is on achieving a good race pace for what could be a high attrition race. "We just weren't quick enough today", he said. "The car felt OK, but obviously the speed just wasn't there. It's disappointing, because we were up there yesterday, but today it slipped away. We need to look at the data to understand how to improve the car and hopefully we'll be more competitive tomorrow."

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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