CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Justin Wilson Friday report

Justin takes provisional pole in Monterrey Justin got his first day in Monterrey off to a flying start, taking provisional pole on the final lap of Friday's qualifying session. His time of 1:14.305 (101.937 mph) was 0.353 seconds ahead ...

Justin takes provisional pole in Monterrey

Justin got his first day in Monterrey off to a flying start, taking provisional pole on the final lap of Friday's qualifying session. His time of 1:14.305 (101.937 mph) was 0.353 seconds ahead of Newman-Haas' Sebastien Bourdais. Justin's team-mate A.J. Allmendinger was third fastest, capping a good first day for RuSPORT after the pair paced Friday morning's practice session.

Justin and Sebastien traded fastest laps during the session, but when red flags came out after a Dan Clarke spin with four minutes left, Justin had to back out of a flying lap that was a tenth faster than the Frenchman's with three corners to go. Fortunately the track went green two minutes later and Justin's softer red Bridgestone tyres came back up to temperature in time for one more flying lap. Justin earns a valuable championship point for today's result and is guaranteed a front row spot on the grid for Sunday's race.

"The CDW car has been working great all weekend", said Justin, "but I also I owe a lot to the Bridgestone tyres. We took a gamble with the option tyre in our second stint, but it really paid off. When the red flags came out I thought we'd lost the pole, and our one set of red tyres for qualifying tomorrow. But we managed to get one more lap in and make it count. There was still time left in the car and myself, and we're looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow."

-justinwilson.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , Dan Clarke