SAN JOSE, California (July 28, 2007) - RSPORTS headed out for the final round of qualifying soaking up sun and good lap times this afternoon on the streets of San Jose, California as Justin Wilson secured his second pole position of the season and...
SAN JOSE, California (July 28, 2007) - RSPORTS headed out for the final round of qualifying soaking up sun and good lap times this afternoon on the streets of San Jose, California as Justin Wilson secured his second pole position of the season and Alex Tagliani earned yet another top-ten grid spot for tomorrow's race.
The RSPORTS duo struggled this morning during practice, despite posting quick lap times on their first laps of the session. Holding the top spots earlier on, making a few small changes and putting on new tires, did not reflect positive results in the end of the session, as the RSPORTS drivers where unable to record faster lap times. Wilson put forth his time on his 11th out of 42 laps, posting a 49.721 (104.479 mph), which rounded out the top five. Tagliani recorded a 49.818 on his tenth lap, improving by a small margin on his 32nd out of 35 laps completed to finish the session with a time of 49.803 (104.307 mph) in the eighth spot.
While Wilson and the #9 crew decided to go back on their setup changes made overnight, Tagliani and his #8 team just made some small changes to the car, as both sides geared up for the final round of qualifying.
What each side of the RSPORTS team did with their respective cars was right on-track, as Wilson and Tagliani had cars quick enough for the pole position today in San Jose. Wilson ultimately secured the pole, with his fastest time of 49.039 (105.932 mph) on his last lap. Tagliani was on a lap that would substantially improve his best time of 49.183 (105.622 mph), but he was held up and that would remain his fastest time during the final round of qualifying, putting him seventh on the grid for tomorrow's San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway.
Wilson was presented with the Pole Awarded flag immediately following the session by the millionth Champ Car fan to attend a race in 2007.
There will be a 30-minute warm up session tomorrow morning before the RSPORTS team grids their Champ Cars at 2:15 p.m. local time. Round 9 of the 2007 Champ Car World Series, the San Jose Grand Prix is scheduled to take the green light at 3:00 p.m. PT, marking the sixth standing start attempt this season. The race can be seen live on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the RSPORTS team on the internet by logging onto www.champcar.ws and signing up for Race Director.
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"It was a very difficult session this morning. We got lost and we were struggling. We had a pretty good lap time early on in the morning practice, but after that we went downhill pretty quickly. We literally went back to yesterday's starting setup and it seemed to work well again. We could then start moving forward this afternoon, and we got there quite quickly. We put the option Bridgestone tires on for both of our stints this afternoon in the final round of qualifying. They worked very well for us. The first stint was good, and the second run was going well, but there was somebody ahead of Will Power who just slowed up every lap for no apparent reason. Fortunately, he backed us up so much that I saved enough fuel to do one extra lap and that was the only clear lap I got in the whole seven laps in our second stint. That allowed us to get pole on the very, very last lap. The obvious advantage of being on the pole here in San Jose is hopefully being first to the first corner, and after that dictating the pace of the race. Then you can just get into a rhythm and start to pull away. Whereas, in the past last two years, I started the race in San Jose 9th and 12th. It had been a tough battle of just trying to leapfrog the cars in front either in the pit stops or on the racetrack because you're always trying to catch up. Now, we have the advantage of just being able to sit back and relax and see how the race unfolds. I am just happy that we could put the #9 CDW car on the pole today, and hopefully take it all the way for the win tomorrow for my team, CDW, and all our partners."
Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I want to thank my #8 RSPORTS crew; they gave me a fantastic car this afternoon. We were on a pole lap today, but (Mario) Dominguez obstructed us on our quick lap at the end of the session today. We were on a 48.9 lap, and when he made a mistake in front of me and did not move out of the way he destroyed our lap. The lack of respect cost us the pole, but other then that I am very proud of what my team did to give me a good car. We went on Bridgestone Potenza blacks the whole time and we saved a set of reds for the start of the race. Tomorrow we have to start from where we are and just move our way to the front because we have the car to do it."