Justin Wilson's Day Ends Early at Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal Lap 47 crash results in 14th-place finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, Aug. 28, 2006 -- After a one-day delay because of torrential rains in Montreal...
Justin Wilson's Day Ends Early at Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal
Lap 47 crash results in 14th-place finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, Aug. 28, 2006 -- After a one-day delay because of torrential rains in Montreal yesterday, Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) saw an up-and-down day end on a sour note. As he battled his way through the field from behind, because of a penalty for stopping in a closed pit lane on lap 32, Wilson made contact with the wall in turn 15 on lap 47. He officially finished in 14th place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"Obviously, we didn't get the result we were hoping for," said Wilson. "The car was quick, we had the right strategy, and the CDW crew had done a great job all weekend. But luck wasn't on our side today. The penalty we received for entering a closed pit made things difficult for us, but we felt we could still make up some of the positions we lost. However, the car got away from me as I was going through the last turn, and I hit the wall. It's disappointing for me, because we were hoping to turn in a good result for the team's guests for CDW Canada, and for Cristiano da Matta and his family, but it wasn't meant to be. So, we'll just take what we can from this weekend and try for a better result at Road America, next month."
"Needless to say, it has been a disappointing day for Justin and the entire CDW Car No. 9 crew," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "The first stint of the race went very well for us. We did well on fuel, we had good race pace, and we were in a great position to exit pit lane in the lead or close to it, after the first stop. Unfortunately, on our in lap, the yellow flag came out and the pits were closed. But we had to pit the car, or we would have run out of fuel, so we were moved to the back of the field. Justin, as usual, was driving his heart out and doing an excellent job in gaining positions, but he got a little too hot in the last chicane, and clipped the wall. It was a great effort, but not where we should have been. The entire CDW / RuSPORT team had hoped for a better result, particularly for Cristiano and his family, because they continue to be in our thoughts."
The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., on Sunday, Sept. 24. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel, beginning at 2:00 pm EDT.