CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Justin Wilson preview

Justin raring to go at Long Beach The long wait is almost over! After a productive winter settling in with RuSPORT, his new Champ Car team, Justin Wilson can't wait to get going at the 2005 season-opener this weekend on the streets of ...

Justin raring to go at Long Beach

The long wait is almost over! After a productive winter settling in with RuSPORT, his new Champ Car team, Justin Wilson can't wait to get going at the 2005 season-opener this weekend on the streets of Long Beach, California. Justin and team-mate A.J. Allmendinger are confident of a successful season, with the team having worked hard on development over the winter.

Of course all racing teams are optimistic at the start of a new season, but in RuSPORT's case hopes of regular race wins in 2005 appear well-founded. In February the team had its first pre-season test at Sebring, where they were immediately on the pace, with A.J. and Justin setting top-three times. Then, at the second major test in March, Justin topped the timesheets at Fontana.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach holds special significance for RuSPORT. The event has been the site of many team firsts, including the first RuSPORT open-wheel victory when A.J. Allmendinger led the team to a RuSPORT 1-2 in the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2003. The win was the first of many in a record-breaking year on the way to capturing the series championship in RuSPORT's maiden season. The Long Beach Grand Prix was also the site of RuSPORT's debut in the Champ Car World Series last year.

Justin also made his Champ Car debut here in 2004 when he qualified 11th with his former team, Mi-Jack Conquest. He drove an impressive race and went on to capture his first Champ Car top-ten finish with a 6th-place result, the highest placing by a rookie.

Reflecting on Long Beach and the season to come, Justin is naturally excited about his prospects and keen to get going. "RuSPORT is really focused on winning races and we've worked very hard and learned a lot over the winter. I can't wait to get out there and have at it! I think the team is going to have a lot to offer in the way of competition on the track this year. So our plan is to get started on Friday, run a smooth programme and qualify at the front. Then, hopefully, deliver the results on Sunday."

Regular updates on Justin's progress throughout the season will be available here and on the RuSPORT website (www.rusport.com). For those on this side of "the pond", Eurosport is providing TV coverage (via Sky Digital and cable). The Long Beach race starts at 21.00 UK time on Sunday, with Eurosport coverage scheduled to commence at 20.45. You can also get close to the action, through live timing, pit-to-car radio links and streaming video and commentary, through the Race Director feature at www.champcarworldseries.com.

-justinwilson.co.uk-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger