Justin Wilson moves up to third, Cristiano da Matta falls to 14th place in final qualifying session at Edmonton City Centre Airport EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, July 22, 2006 -- Justin Wilson ( ...
Justin Wilson moves up to third, Cristiano da Matta falls to 14th place in final qualifying session at Edmonton City Centre Airport
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, July 22, 2006 -- Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) fought through some difficult traffic conditions to move up to from fourth place to third on the starting grid of the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix presented by The Brick, recording a best lap time of 58.665 seconds. The result gives Wilson his fourth top-four start in seven of eight Champ Car events this season. His teammate, Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone), posted a best lap time of 1:00.305, which was an improvement over his provisional qualifying time, to qualify in 14th place.
"The car has a lot of potential, more than we were able to show today," said Wilson. "We were actually quicker on used tires than we were on new ones, today. Although that didn't help us much in qualifying, it bodes well for the race. So, we feel pretty good about our chances, and look forward to the race tomorrow, where we'll try to move the CDW No. 9 car to the front of the field."
"Obviously, we're disappointed with 14th place," said da Matta. "I think we had the car to do a little better than that. I also think we need to improve a little bit quicker than we've been improving, so far. We'll keep on working hard and see what we can put together for tomorrow."
"The CDW Car No. 9 team had a pretty good day," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "I think we've got a very competitive race car. The fight for pole position was very close, and I think it really came down to track position and nailing a good lap when the tires were at their peak. Having said that, I think we've got a great race car, and I look forward to the CDW car having a great day on Sunday."
"Cristiano and his Car No. 10 team are clearly struggling with the car, and we're obviously quite disappointed with starting in 14th position," continued Dale. "But the great thing about Champ Car is, with a good race car on Sunday, a solid strategy and a good driver, which we have, it's possible to get a solid result. That's what we'll be shooting for. This team is incredibly hard working and doesn't give up, and that will be the plan overnight."
The 2006 West Edmonton Wall Grand Prix presented by The Brick will take place on Sunday, July 23. The race will be broadcast live on CBS, beginning at 1:00 pm EDT.