Justin shines at sunny Long Beach Justin Wilson delivered a strong performance with his new team and new sponsor in today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Justin brought home his first top-five result of the 2005 Champ Car season with ...
Justin shines at sunny Long Beach
Justin Wilson delivered a strong performance with his new team and new sponsor in today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Justin brought home his first top-five result of the 2005 Champ Car season with his 4th-place in the #9 SanDisk/RuSPORT car. After qualifying 5th, Justin and the SanDisk crew made quick pit stops, moving up to 2nd on the last stop. Cold tyres resulted in a slight slide back to 5th, but the 26 year-old made a decisive pass on Mario Dominguez and continued the charge, battling Bruno Junqueira to the end in an effort to bring home a podium. Today also marks Justin's first lap led for 2005. Justin and the RuSPORT team will be donating $5.00 for every lap led in competition this year to the official Champ Car World Series charity of Hole in the Wall Camps.
All in all, Justin and RuSPORT are pleased with this opening race, and particularly having beaten one of the Forsythe cars on genuine pace. "I'm very proud of the SanDisk/RuSPORT team", he said. "The whole crew did a great job all weekend and today, Todd (Malloy, Justin's Race Engineer) did a great job calling the race and the crew gave me great pit stops. We were just a fraction of a second from 2nd-place out of my last stop. We fell back and battled for 3rd. Bruno (Junqueira) went sliding wide, and I almost had him. Today is a good start, but next time, we plan on getting those Newman-Haas guys!"
Carl Russo, Team Owner of RuSPORT, was also pleased with Justin's race and how he is settling in with his new team. "All in all, this was a fine debut for Justin with the RuSPORT team. He's new, his engineer Todd Malloy is new and they are all working well together. It was a solid weekend for the SanDisk crew. One of the most exciting parts of the race was after Justin's last stop, getting to P-2 and driving his heart out on cold tyres. He dropped back, but really battled and made a great pass to make a strong run at third. It was a job well done."