CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Justin Wilson Friday report

Justin gets straight down to business in Mexico City Justin proved today that, fractured wrist or not, he means business in Mexico City. He set the fastest time in Friday morning's practice session with a lap of 1:27.214 (114.505 mph) and ...

Justin gets straight down to business in Mexico City

Justin proved today that, fractured wrist or not, he means business in Mexico City. He set the fastest time in Friday morning's practice session with a lap of 1:27.214 (114.505 mph) and qualified a provisional 2nd in the afternoon (1:25.560, 116.718 mph). Justin's wrist has held up well on the bumpy circuit. He tried out a variety of different wrist supports and has been checked out by the Champ Car Medical team after each session.

All of the top runners took their chances on the softer red Bridgestone compound during qualifying. Justin struggled to find a clear lap in traffic during his final stint, and Sebastien Bourdais was a tenth of a second faster, taking provisional pole (1:25.449, 116.870 mph) and a guaranteed front row starting slot for Sunday's race for Newman-Haas.

Having started from the front to win the race a year ago, Justin and the #9 CDW-RuSPORT team were pleased to pick up where they left off. Team-mate Ryan Briscoe qualified the #10 Western Union car a provisional 5th (1:26.494, 115.458 mph).

"The #9 CDW car was fantastic straight out of the box, and I've got to thank the whole team for doing a great job", said Justin. "In qualifying I was quick on the first two laps of my first stint, but clipped the chicane on my 3rd lap and tweaked my wrist again. I didn't damage it, but it caused a little bit of pain so I pitted straight away. When I went out for my second stint on the Bridgestone reds I just seemed to catch traffic with every lap. I think we were just a bit too quick! Overall it's been a good day. The car's been getting quicker and quicker and it's been a real pleasure."

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , Ryan Briscoe