SAN JOSE, California (July 25, 2007) - RSPORTS gear up for their return to the United States after a month of Champ Car racing north of the border as they head to northern California for some more street-racing action in this weekend's San Jose ...
SAN JOSE, California (July 25, 2007) - RSPORTS gear up for their return to the United States after a month of Champ Car racing north of the border as they head to northern California for some more street-racing action in this weekend's San Jose Grand Prix.
What a better place to showcase the speed and technology of Champ Car racing than in the heart of California's Silicon Valley on the streets of downtown San Jose? The grand prix is more then just a race; it is a week-long festival of speed on and off the track. Initially the track was designed to encompass the HP Pavilion, however, due to higher then expected costs for the street repairs and improvements, race organizers moved to a course running directly through downtown. The downtown location has provided a beautiful setting for the past three years with an abundance of hotels, restaurants, night clubs and, of course, great racing. In 2006, the track was reconfigured providing a wider racing track for increased passing, better viewing areas, more pedestrian bridges and smoothing out the VTA light rail crossings, that in 2005 caused the Champ Car to become airborne, "jumping" the tracks at 130 mph.
Driver of the #9 CDW/RSPORTS Champ Car is on a roll lately, finishing the last five events in the top five. He comes to San Jose with two most recent podium finishes, a third-place result on the streets of Toronto and a second-place finish on the airport circuit of Edmonton. The streets of San Jose just might be the place that will see the Englishman grab his first victory of the season, if he and his #9 CDW crew can keep up the positive momentum.
Teammate, Alex Tagliani, has not had his share of good luck in these last few races. Looking for the tides to turn for him behind the wheel of the #8 RSPORTS Champ Car, he returns to the streets that saw him run competitively in 2006 before the infamous contact with Paul Tracy ended his solid run. Knowing that he is capable of being a top competitor here in San Jose, the French-Canadian looks to change his bad luck around and find his way to the podium this weekend.
The racing festivities will kick-off on Friday morning, as the Champ Car will head out on-track for their first practice session in preparation for Sunday's race. The first round of qualifying will take place that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time. Final qualifying will be contested on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. PT. Round 9 of the 2007 Champ Car World Series will take the green light on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. PT.
Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"Last year I had a good car in San Jose, and I was looking to have a podium finish before contact took me out of the race. I just hope that I can put on a good show this year on track, instead of in the pits. We have had a streak of bad luck in terms of our performances these last couple races in Canada. I hope we can leave that behind and return to the United States for more street racing action on a good note. We started off this season qualifying and finishing with good results on street courses, so I know that we have a car that is capable of being quick on the streets. I enjoy racing in San Jose. The track is a very simple track, but at the same time it is very challenging to be fast. There are good places to pass and we should be able to put on another great show for all the fans in San Jose."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"We have been very successful in the last couple years in San Jose and look to continue that this year. We know it will be a wild race, but hopefully it will all happen behind us. After the changes last year, we are going back to a track we know; the only difference is that we have the new race car. The DP01 is designed to excel on tight street circuits, so it will be interesting to see how it feels running on the streets of San Jose - a circuit that is tighter then most street courses we compete on. I hear that things are going well in terms of ticket sales, so I look forward to racing in front of a good crowd again this year. I hope that we can put on a good show and that we can capture our first win of the year after two solid podium finishes in our last two races."