CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: RuSPORT Friday report

RuSPORT Captures Two of Top Three Spots in Provisional Qualifying for Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Justin Wilson Posts Fastest Time on His Final Lap, A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third Spot MONTERREY, Mexico, May 19, 2006 -- Provisional ...

RuSPORT Captures Two of Top Three Spots in Provisional Qualifying for Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey

Justin Wilson Posts Fastest Time on His Final Lap, A.J. Allmendinger Takes Third Spot

MONTERREY, Mexico, May 19, 2006 -- Provisional qualifying is now complete for the Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans, and it turned out to be an exciting day for RuSPORT. After a red flag temporarily halted the session, Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) used his last lap to post the best time of the day, stopping the clocks at 1:14.305. His teammate, A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) finished the session with the third-fastest lap time at 1:14.860, just behind Friday's second-place qualifier, Sebastien Bourdais.

The result earns Wilson one point in the 2006 Champ Car World Series championship standings, where he currently sits in third position. The provisional pole also guarantees him a spot on the front row for Sunday's Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey, at Fundidora Park. The race will mark the sixth time in Wilson's career that he has started on the front row in a Champ Car World Series event.

"The CDW car has been working great all weekend, but I also I owe a lot to the Bridgestone tires," said Wilson. "We took a gamble with the alternate tires 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 tires for qualifying tomorrow. But we managed to get one more lap in and make it count. There is still speed left in the car and myself, and we're looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow."

"It was a good day," said Allmendinger. "We were happy to be quickest in practice, earlier in the day, and in qualifying, it wasn't too bad. With this track, there's just a fine line between having a great car, having just a good car, or having a bad car. Right now, I almost feel like we did in Long Beach...the car is close, but it's not perfect. We need to work on it a little bit more. I didn't think we were close enough to use the red tires, so I told my race engineer, Chris Lerch, that I wanted to save them for tomorrow. We're close, and I think we've got something good to build on for tomorrow."

"The entire team did a great job, today," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "The cars were quick from the moment we unloaded them, and that's a big key to today's success. The team did an excellent job giving both of our drivers very quick cars, and the drivers did the most with what they had. Justin would probably be the first to say that his provisional pole position has a lot to do with running on the Bridgestone alternate red tires, and that was a strategic decision that he and his race engineer, Todd Malloy, made near the end of the session. It looks like it was a correct decision, because Justin came away from the session with a point. A.J. is right there, as well. He didn't have good track position today, and was in-and-out of traffic. But he's got a very quick car, and I think right now, between Sebastien Bourdais, Justin and A.J., those are the three quickest cars. I wouldn't be surprised if Bruno Junqueira plays catch-up, because he was very strong here last year, and I wouldn't be surprised if Paul Tracy plays catch-up, as well. Tomorrow should be an interesting day."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger