CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: RSPORTS Friday report

RSPORTS CONSISTENTLY RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE IN HOUSTON HOUSTON, Texas (April 20, 2007) -- Throughout the first day on the streets of Houston, Texas, the RSPORTS team made their presence known by running Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani in the...

RSPORTS CONSISTENTLY RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE IN HOUSTON

HOUSTON, Texas (April 20, 2007) -- Throughout the first day on the streets of Houston, Texas, the RSPORTS team made their presence known by running Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani in the top five during both the morning and afternoon sessions as they prepare for final qualifying tomorrow for the Grand Prix of Houston.

Activities in The Lone Star State started this morning with a one hour-and-fifteen-minute practice session. Tagliani was hot right out of the box sitting P1 after running eight laps around the 1.658-mile temporary street circuit. Wilson also had something to show for after eight laps, as he sat P2. For the majority of the session, Tagliani was sitting in the top three but would finish the morning session in the fifth spot on old tires after running a time of 59.924 (101.108 mph). Wilson kept up his momentum throughout the session as well which saw him move in and out of the top five, until he posted his fastest time of 59.841 (101.248 mph) which tagged him fourth overall.

Under sunny skies, hot and humid temperatures, the drivers set out for their first adventure of qualifying in Houston this afternoon. Both were comfortable with the RSPORTS car and ready to go. During the 15-minute practice session of qualifying, Tagliani topped the charts sitting P1, while teammate Wilson sat P5.

When the green flag dropped starting the first round of qualifying, the RSPORTS duo rolled out on Black Bridgestone Potenza Tires. After six laps, Tagliani ended his first run and sat third on the Champ Car timing and scoring charts. Wilson went one more lap than his teammate, ending his first stint after seven laps which moved him up to the third spot.

After a red flag, the provisional qualifying round went green with five minutes to go seeing all 17 Champ Cars hurry out to get in a few more laps. Tagliani and Wilson both opted to save one of their two qualifying sets of Red Bridgestone Potenza Tires for tomorrow, so the duo headed out for their final run this afternoon on Blacks. Wilson posted a time of 59.216 (102.317 mph) after completing 13 laps this afternoon and currently sits fourth on the provisional grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of Houston. Tagliani was just behind him, sitting in the fifth spot, after recording a time of 59.269 (102.225 mph) during his two six-lap runs.

The RSPORTS team and drivers will be back on track tomorrow morning for another practice session, before taking the green flag for the final round of qualifying at 1:30 local time. Tomorrow's qualifying session will determine the starting lineup for Sunday's Grand Prix of Houston at JAGFlo Speedway at ReliantPark.

Quotes

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"We have made some good progress today in the #9 CDW/RSPORTS car. I think that it has a lot more potential and things are very positive right now. We definitely want to be on the front row this weekend, so we will continue to work hard for tomorrow's final qualifying and see if we can't get further up on the grid for Sunday's race."

Alex Tagliani #8 LXN2 Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"It is ok that we are fifth for now, it is a good thing that we have been able to be competitive all day and consistently in the top five. The #8 LXN2/RSPORTS car runs well and it will continue to compete up front. However, we have been struggling with a grip problem since the beginning of the season. We will work hard on searching for ways to fix that issue so we can make the appropriate changes. There seems to be a trend that our car is really good and running on top, then we have some slower moments. We need more consistency, but I think that we have a good car for this weekend and with a few changes we should be exactly where we want to be, higher up on the grid."

-credit: rsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani