RuSPORT Captures Two Places on Podium in San Jose Cristiano da Matta takes second place for first podium finish of 2006, Justin Wilson improves from twelfth to third place on streets of San Jose SAN JOSE, Calif., July 30, 2006 -- After a day...
RuSPORT Captures Two Places on Podium in San Jose
Cristiano da Matta takes second place for first podium finish of 2006, Justin Wilson improves from twelfth to third place on streets of San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 30, 2006 -- After a day filled with spins, crashes, and the occasional emotional outburst by other Champ Car drivers, Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) captured second place in the 2006 Grand Prix of San Jose, his first podium finish of the 2006 Champ Car World Series season and the 20th of his Champ Car career. His teammate, Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) improved from 12th on the starting grid to third place at the finish, and captured his sixth podium finish of 2006 and the ninth of his Champ Car career.
For da Matta, the result allows him to move up from tenth to seventh in the Champ Car Driver's Championship, while Wilson's finish keeps him in second place behind the points leader, Sebastien Bourdais. Wilson also earned an additional championship point for improving the most places in the race.
"I'm very happy with the result," said da Matta. "It's my first podium with RuSPORT, and I'm not only happy with the result, but happy with how we progressed throughout the weekend, and happy how we found speed in the car. I hope we're able to apply the things we've learned here to some other tracks, and enable us to be consistently fast."
"I'm very pleased with how today went, especially since life was pretty difficult after qualifying," said Wilson. "The CDW crew did a fantastic job, and I managed to avoid all of the incidents and stay out of trouble. I'm really pleased that we kept the championship alive, and that we were able to keep fighting."
"San Jose proved again today that the smartest drivers come to the front," said RuSPORT owner Carl Russo. "Just like last year, a mistake-free run yielded a good result. After having a tough qualifying session and qualifying fourth and 12th, both gentlemen made great decisions and ended up second and third on the podium. It was an outstanding drive by both Cristiano and Justin. For Cristiano, on his first podium with the team, a double congratulations."
The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues with RuSPORT's hometown race, the Grand Prix of Denver, on Sunday, August 13th. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel, starting at 3:30 pm EDT.