CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Justin Wilson preview

Justin hopes for success in Mexico City This weekend sees the final race of the 2006 Champ Car World Series at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. A year ago Justin won the race in dominant fashion, but this time he comes to the event ...

Justin hopes for success in Mexico City

This weekend sees the final race of the 2006 Champ Car World Series at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. A year ago Justin won the race in dominant fashion, but this time he comes to the event with the disadvantage of a fractured right wrist. Justin was forced to sit out the last race in Surfers Paradise, but with A.J. Allmendinger absent from Mexico, a 7th place finish or better in Sunday's race would be enough for Justin to clinch 2nd in the drivers championship.

Champ Car officials will allow Justin to complete 10 laps of the track on Thursday so that he can judge his own level of fitness. Dr Terry Trammell, the Indianapolis-based orthopaedic surgeon, has prepared a carbon fibre brace for Justin to wear this weekend. Justin has also been working on the strength in his left arm, which is going to have some significant compensating to do around the bumpy 2.7 mile course. For 2006, the final section of the track has been altered to bring back the famous Peraltada, the fast, banked right-hander leading on to the start-finish straight. From Justin's perspective that should be somewhat easier than the chicane it replaces.

"I'm hoping that I'll have enough movement with the brace inside the car to be competitive", commented Justin. "But to be honest, until I get out on track on Thursday I won't know for sure. There's a lot at stake in the championship, and it would be good to finish the season on a high for the CDW RuSPORT team, so I'll be giving it my best shot."

-credit: justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger