CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Justin Wilson Saturday report

Justin qualifies 7th in Long Beach Justin had to be content with 7th fastest in qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach (68.200s, 103.883 mph). It will be the second weekend in a row when the ...

Justin qualifies 7th in Long Beach

Justin had to be content with 7th fastest in qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach (68.200s, 103.883 mph). It will be the second weekend in a row when the #9 CDW/RSPORTS car lines up on the fourth row of the grid. Justin's team-mate Alex Tagliani qualified 4th in the #9 LXN2/RSPORTS car with a time of 68.047s.

Sebastien Bourdais took pole for Newman/Haas/Lanigan with a quick lap of 67.546s (104.889mph). Both Team Australia cars also performed strongly, with Will Power 2nd fastest in final qualifying and his team-mate Simon Pagenaud lining up in 3rd. So, the battle for podium honours will be a tough one, and Justin will be working hard overnight with his engineering team to find a good set-up for Sunday's race. Beyond outright pace, much will also depend on reliability up and down the grid with the new DP01 Champ Car and - crucially - whether the race gets off to a clean start through Turn 1.

One of Justin's fiercest competitors, Forsythe's Paul Tracy, won't be in the thick of things on Sunday. The Canadian suffered a compression fracture to one of his vertebrae during an accident at Turn 1 in Saturday morning's practice session. Oriol Servia took over the seat for final qualifying and will stand in for Tracy in Sunday's race.

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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