Justin Wilson qualifies fourth, Cristiano da Matta takes fifth place in first day of qualifying at Edmonton City Centre Airport EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, July 21, 2006 -- In a session that featured several spins and two crashes by other Champ...
Justin Wilson qualifies fourth, Cristiano da Matta takes fifth place in first day of qualifying at Edmonton City Centre Airport
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, July 21, 2006 -- In a session that featured several spins and two crashes by other Champ Car drivers, RuSPORT placed two cars in the top five in Edmonton. Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) took fourth place in provisional qualifying for the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix presented by The Brick, recording a best lap time of 1:00.251. His teammate, Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone), posted a best lap time of 1:00.412 to qualify right behind Wilson in the first round of qualifying at JAGflo Speedway. Both RuSPORT drivers will look to improve their respective positions in tomorrow's final qualifying session.
"Today was okay, but we've got a lot of work to do to be back on the pace tomorrow," said Wilson. "We're not too far away, but there is room for improvement. We just need to work on the stability of the car, and I think it will come. Unfortunately, we got caught in traffic in provisional qualifying, and it got a bit messy. Some cars went off, as well. It's a quick track, and if you get it wrong, you're going to hit something. There isn't a lot of room for error, and it's a tough track. But I think we'll be better tomorrow."
"The car has a lot of potential," said da Matta. "We have a lot of total grip in the car, but we just need to work a little bit more on balance. We have already made the car perform better this afternoon than it did this morning, and I think it will be even better tomorrow."
"Any time you can put two cars in the top five in the Champ Car World Series, you've had a pretty good day," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "We certainly have some work to do, and I don't think either Justin or Cristiano were able to show the true potential of their cars today, for various reasons. Having said that, I think we have good, solid cars, and that bodes well for final qualifying on Saturday. I'm also really proud of our team, and what they've been able to achieve for Cristiano. We've definitely struggled to this point to give him a car that he feels he can work with, and today, we did just that. He really feels like he's got a car he can go quicker with, and will be able to fight to get to the front of the field."
"I also would like to congratulate Cristiano on making the century mark in terms of Champ Car starts, here in Edmonton," continued Dale. "He is a true professional, and has already made a great contribution to the team. We really enjoy having him as a part of RuSPORT."