CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: RSPORTS Friday notes

RSPORTS SIXTH AND EIGHTH AFTER PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING IN EDMONTON BUT ANTICIPATE A STRONGER RUN IN THE FINAL ROUND EDMONTON, AB, Canada (July 20, 2007) - Starting with both cars in the top eight, RSPORTS is happy with the first day run in...


EDMONTON, AB, Canada (July 20, 2007) - Starting with both cars in the top eight, RSPORTS is happy with the first day run in Edmonton and feel that there is more to come from both cars tomorrow as they prepare for Sunday's Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton.

On-track activities kicked off for the third-annual Edmonton Champ Car event this morning with the traditional hour and fifteen-minute practice session. At the midpoint of the session, it was the RSPORTS duo of Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani who topped the charts, sitting first and second, respectively. However, they would round out the session in the top seven. Wilson completed 16 laps during his morning run, posting his fastest time of 59.825 (118.726 mph) on his seventh lap, which put him in the fifth spot. Tagliani ran a 1:00.001 (118.378 mph) on his eighth of 17 laps during the a.m. and sat seventh overall in the 17-car Champ Car field.

This afternoon was cut short, due to heavy contact involving Tristan Gommendy. Most drivers were only able to run half of their allotted fifteen provisional qualifying laps because the required 20-minutes of guaranteed green flag time was met, but the session ended 15 minutes early because of the incident. Both RSPORTS drivers fell into that category of drivers who only ran their first stint.

Wilson seemed fairly confident in the #9 CDW/RSPORTS car, but was looking for some more running time to improve his best time set on his sixth provisional qualifying lap this afternoon. Completing only 7 laps, a 59.174 (120.032 mph) was the Englishman's best time recorded during the first round of qualifying, which saw him just miss the chance to end the day in the top five, but instead he sits P6. During his first and only qualifying run of the day, he opted to use the Bridgestone Black Potenza tires, saving both sets of the softer Bridgestone Red Potenza tires for tomorrow.

Tagliani and his #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program crew decided to take a gamble with the set up on the car, trying it out for the first time this afternoon. It was not exactly what they wanted, but at the same time it did not throw them far off the pace. He posted a 59.483 (119.409 mph) on his fifth lap during his first stint which ended after seven orbits around the 1.973-mile temporary road course on Edmonton's City Centre Airport. Since he was unable to run more laps this afternoon, that time was good enough to keep him in the top ten, as he currently sits P8 after the first round of qualifying.

The final round of qualifying for Round 8 of the Champ Car World Series will be tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., following another morning practice session. The race is schedule for Sunday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. local time and can be seen live on ESPN in the United States and on Global in Canada at 3:00 p.m. ET.


Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"We missed out on the second run like most people. I felt that we had a little bit left in the car, but I do not think it would have been enough to grab the pole today. But, still I was looking forward to getting back out there and going for another run this afternoon. The #9 CDW car seems to be quick and we have got plenty of tires left for final qualifying. We only used one set this afternoon and we have two sets of the Red Bridgestone Potenza tires left for tomorrow. So, I think that we will be in good shape for the rest of the weekend and hopefully we can improve our time in tomorrow's qualifying, which should be quicker."

Alex Tagliani #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"Not knowing what the first round of qualifying was going to be like, we decided to try something that was kind of aggressive and it didn't really work out for us during our first stint. We were still in a good mood because we were in the range that we wanted to be when we decided to go back on the change we made. But then we did not have the change to go back out for our second run because of the incident with (Tristan) Gommendy. So I hope that he is ok and that he is not hurt badly, but it is going to be interesting tomorrow because after the first day here in Edmonton, I think that the car is very decent. I am excited to see what we can do tomorrow."

-credit: rsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani
Teams CIP