Justin Wilson Takes Fifth at Road America RuSPORT driver battles a competitive field on an incident-filled day in Elkhart Lake ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Sept. 24, 2006 -- An afternoon filled with yellow flags, spins and crashes saw Justin Wilson (...
Justin Wilson Takes Fifth at Road America
RuSPORT driver battles a competitive field on an incident-filled day in Elkhart Lake
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Sept. 24, 2006 -- An afternoon filled with yellow flags, spins and crashes saw Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) take fifth place in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America. The result earned Wilson his ninth finish in the top five of the 2006 Champ Car season, and leaves Justin in third place in the Champ Car Driver's Championship.
The race was temporarily halted on lap 46 because a serious crash in Turn 10 involving Katherine Legge of PKV Racing. The red flag flew for approximately 40 minutes while the Champ Car Safety Team worked to ensure Legge's wellbeing and to clean debris from the course. Legge was eventually released from the Champ Car Medical Unit and the race was restarted.
"Today was disappointing, because the CDW team worked so hard throughout the weekend," said Wilson. "The crew did a great job with all of our pit stops, particularly the first one, where we wound up exiting the pits ahead of Sebastien and A.J. The car was good during the first half of the race, but not quite as good in the second half. This is a very fast and very competitive track, and if things aren't perfect, it can turn into a long day. I'm very happy that Katherine turned out to be all right after her crash, which was a scary moment on an eventful day. As for the race result, we're disappointed, but we'll get back to work as soon as possible to get ready for the race in Australia."
"First and foremost, everyone at RuSPORT is very pleased to see Katherine walk away from the devastating accident she had today," said Jeremy Dale, president of RuSPORT. "I think it's a testament to the safety of these Champ Cars and the safety regulations that Champ Car has created. It was an interesting day for us...there were times today when we had a competitive car, and there were other times today when we had a less competitive car. My hat goes off to the entire CDW crew today. Their first pit stop was just incredible, and we were able to jump right over Sebastien and A.J. The crew did a great job. Fifth place is definitely a disappointment for us today, and I think it might be a result of losing a day of testing here at Road America in August...not for lack of effort by Justin or the team. But, off we go to Australia, where we'll try for a better result."
The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues with the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise, Australia, October 20-22. The race will be broadcast via tape delay on SPEED Channel, starting at 2:00 pm ET on Oct. 22.