RuSPORT's Justin Wilson led the second-year team to its' first Champ Car victory as he edged out Newman-Haas Racing's Oriol Servia and captured the checkered flag in the ...
RuSPORT's Justin Wilson led the second-year team to its' first Champ Car victory as he edged out Newman-Haas Racing's Oriol Servia and captured the checkered flag in the #9 car for the team's new partner CDW in front of more then 71,000 race fans for today's Molson Indy Toronto. On the way to his hard-fought first Champ Car career victory, Wilson also set fastest lap of the race while holding onto the lead. Wilson's teammate A.J. Allmendinger was well on his way to backing up Justin's 1st-place with a 2nd-place of his own when, in the final laps of the race, Allmendinger's #10 Western Union car lightly brushed the inside wall of Turn 5. That slight error sent A.J. into the tire barriers of Turn 6 and he was then tagged by a surprised Mario Dominguez of Forsythe Racing. The dramatic shunt ended his day just as he was pushing from 3rd to 2nd. Despite the finish, Allmendinger's earlier podiums have helped keep him 4th in the overall Drivers Championship. Wilson's 1st-place moves him up to 3rd in the standings.
"I can't believe we've finally done it! I'm very excited for RuSPORT. I'm very excited for myself. You know, I think this is something that's been on the cards for the last couple of races and we can move forward from here now. The third lap chasing Oriol (Servia), I decided 'This is the one I'm going for'. I managed to get a good run, closed right in on Oriol. It was good, clean racing. I couldn't believe it when I came out in front and realized I then had the chance of taking it all the way to the end. This means a lot today and I'd like to dedicate this win to the folks back home and especially those hurt by the events of Thursday in London. I'm also pretty pleased that we could deliver such a great first showing for CDW- they have the right technology right away, and we're happy to show them a great result right away in return!"
"It was a really good day up until the crash. The car kept getting better and I think we had the fastest car in the race. Oriol (Servia) was slower than me but I couldn't get past him. I was pushing so hard, but I just couldn't get a clear run at him. I'm really happy for Justin and my RuSPORT team for our first win, but I should have been right there with him."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"This was the best of times and the worst of times. I think the Champ Car fans in Toronto had a chance to see two of the best racers in the world out there today in Justin and A.J. With just a few laps left, Justin made the move to pass Oriol (Servia) that would eventually lead to the win.And A.J., well A.J. was solidly in third, but he kept racing forward for second and the unforgiving walls of Toronto translate just a quarter-inch mistake into a huge one. This was a great showing for our new partners CDW, to get our first win here with them and A.J. drove a heck of a race for our returning partners Western Union."