CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Bridgestone Saturday report

Wilson Becomes 4th Bridgestone Pole Award Winner in '05 Justin Wilson became the fourth different Bridgestone Pole Award winner in as many 2005 races when his provisional qualifying time held up through final qualifying today. It is the first ...

Wilson Becomes 4th Bridgestone Pole Award Winner in '05

Justin Wilson became the fourth different Bridgestone Pole Award winner in as many 2005 races when his provisional qualifying time held up through final qualifying today. It is the first Champ Car pole for the Brit, coming in his second season in the series, and marks the first pole earned by the RuSPORT team. A.J. Allmendinger will start on the outside of row one, making it an all-RuSPORT front row.

"It feels very good to finally get the first pole and show what the RuSPORT team can do," Wilson said. "We're very happy to be 1-2 and it also shows what we've been working towards, and each weekend we get more competitive, more confident. My Bridgestone Potenzas were very good today. Unfortunately, I never got to use them as much as I wanted to. We did a few laps on the standard tires, the black (sidewall) tires, and the red flag came out. So we switched to the red (sidewall) alternate tires and the same thing happened again. I was really looking forward to feeling that grip and pushing the car out to the limit. I've got to be pleased at what we have achieved and the Bridgestones have been fantastic for me all weekend -- they're consistent and coming in exactly when we expect them to."

A total of $10,000 in monetary awards goes with the Bridgestone Pole Award honor. Wilson will receive a $5,000 check from Bridgestone Motorsport during pre-race ceremonies Sunday. Bridgestone is also donating $5,000 to the Hole in the Wall Camps this weekend as the charitable portion of the prizes. Wilson also was presented the Bridgestone Pole Award trophy that includes a model car hand-designed by a camper at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla., one of the Hole in the Wall Camps.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's a pleasure to see Justin win his first pole position today; he's very deserving. The RuSPORT has been methodically working its way up front since it joined the series last year and is certainly a favorite to win tomorrow. As Justin expressed, the Bridgestone Potenza tires are working well this weekend -- no matter the conditions we've faced in Portland. And to clarify something mentioned in today's post-qualifying news conference, each car has up to six sets of Bridgestone rain tires to use this weekend -- four newly issued sets and two unused sets the team can bring from a previous event -- so there should be no shortage of Potenza wet tires for race day."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger