Injured Wrist Can't Keep Wilson from Bridgestone Pole Position Despite driving with a stiff brace on his right wrist to protect the fracture he suffered three weeks ago in Australia, Justin Wilson took advantage of the red-sidewall Bridgestone...
Injured Wrist Can't Keep Wilson from Bridgestone Pole Position
Despite driving with a stiff brace on his right wrist to protect the fracture he suffered three weeks ago in Australia, Justin Wilson took advantage of the red-sidewall Bridgestone alternate tires and willed his CDW/RuSPORT entry to the final Bridgestone Pole Position of the 2006 season. Wilson negotiated the bumpy, physical Mexico City circuit in 1 minute, 24.801 seconds (117.763 mph), bettering provisional pole sitter Sebastien Bourdais by nearly two-tenths of a second.
It's the second consecutive Bridgestone Pole Position Award captured by Wilson in Mexico City -- he went on to win the race from the pole last year -- and his second pole of the '06 season. Wilson earns $5,000 and a black crystal trophy signifying today's accomplishment, with Bridgestone donating another $2,500 to the Hole in the Wall Camps in his honor.
* From Justin Wilson, #9 CDW Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestone red tires were fantastic today. I was just feeling the speed all the way around the track. This is a great track to drive when you have that much grip from your tires."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought proven tires for both its dry-condition specifications this weekend. The standard Potenzas ran earlier this season at Cleveland and Edmonton, while the alternates were used as the alternate spec at Portland and Montreal. Both of this weekend's specs fall in the middle of the Bridgestone road-course compound durability range. The rain tire choice for this weekend is the more durable of the two that Bridgestone currently produces.
* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Congratulations to Justin Wilson for overcoming the adversity of a broken wrist to collect the Bridgestone Pole Position Award. It certainly shows his determination as a driver. This is an exciting, fast and tricky track where grip is crucial to success, and both the Bridgestone standard and alternate tires have been providing it. The alternate red Potenzas have been yielding lap times as much as a second faster than the black-sidewall standards, but it's a bit of an unknown right now just how long the reds can maintain that pace. It again makes for interesting strategies as we head into the season finale tomorrow."
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 91 to 103 degrees track and from 70 to 71 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 33 to 39 degrees track and from 21 to 22 degrees ambient (C).