CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: RuSPORT Friday report

Provisional qualifying is now complete for the Lexmark Indy 300. The track was very tricky this afternoon as heavy rain showers made for a wet surface. As the session progressed, the track continued to dry but never enough for the RuSPORT team...

Provisional qualifying is now complete for the Lexmark Indy 300. The track was very tricky this afternoon as heavy rain showers made for a wet surface. As the session progressed, the track continued to dry but never enough for the RuSPORT team to mount slick Bridgestone tires. Sebastien Bourdais is on provisional pole with a time of 1:45.739 and one step closer to the 2005 Championship title while Alex Tagliani is in second with a time of 1:46.010 and Paul Tracy stands in third with a time of 1:46.920. The drivers will return to the track tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m. for a practice session and qualifying resumes at 1:45 p.m. local time.

Justin Wilson

"It was a disappointing session. Today everything went bad for us. We had last minute problems with the car so we had to work on that during the session. Overall though, we need to find more grip, more speed and more balance under braking. It is clear we still have work to do, but I am confident that we will get where we want to be. We were quicker this morning than we were during the qualifying session, so I think we are not that far, we just need to work in a couple of things and expect a little more luck in our favor for tomorrow".

A.J. Allmendinger

"It was a very tough day. We started pretty well and early on I was surprised by the time we did under wet conditions. Actually it could have been better because the rain tires today were only good for one run and at that moment I didn't know that, so I went a little easy on that first stint trying to go faster in the second one. In our second try when I was on my hot lap the red flag came out so we missed the opportunity to improve our position. Overall I think we have a good car to work with so I think we will be okay for tomorrow's final qualifying session".

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Today the weather played an important roll for everybody on pit lane. It was really difficult to adapt to the constant changes. At the middle of the session AJ was doing really well (in fact he was quickest at one point), after that all the weather factors played against us. On the other hand I think that the crew of the #10 car has found a good setup. They have the speed and a general good setup to develop it to the next level. We need to work on Justin's car, that's a fact. He needs more traction and more grip so he can drive the car aggressively. I am sure that the guys on the # 9 car will find the way to get Justin's car into better shape so he can get the most out of it. Fortunately tomorrow the weather forecast says that we will have a better day, so we are feeling really positive and looking forward to it".

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , A.J. Allmendinger