Wilson Wins Wild Finale to 2005 Season Pole sitter Justin Wilson had the strongest car most of the day and avoided some wacky mishaps in the closing laps to win today's closing race of the 2005 season. It is the second win for the ...
Wilson Wins Wild Finale to 2005 Season
Pole sitter Justin Wilson had the strongest car most of the day and avoided some wacky mishaps in the closing laps to win today's closing race of the 2005 season. It is the second win for the second-year Champ Car driver, following his breakthrough triumph at Toronto in July.
With teammate A.J. Allmendinger coming home second, it also provided the RuSPORT team its first 1-2 finish in the series and helped both drivers finish in the top five in the championship. The fast and technically challenging Rodriguez brothers track is extremely demanding on tires, yet the top finishers agreed their Bridgestone Potenzas -- both the standard black sidewalls and the alternate red sidewalls -- were up to the task.
"The first stint I was struggling a little bit with my front tires," Wilson said, "so on my first pit stop I changed the set-up and got a bit better balance. On the second and third stints, the car was awesome. After the safety car came out those last few laps, the car just got quicker and quicker. The Bridgestone tires were great, and once we got our set-up right, they were fantastic."
"The Bridgestone tires were awesome all weekend, the reds and the blacks," Allmendinger said, "but this track is very hard on tires, and there's the altitude and not a lot of grip on the track. If you ran them too hard, you were going to use them. I had to abuse the tires trying to catch Justin after the incident with Paul (Tracy) and I couldn't really catch him after that."
"The Bridgestones were great," added third-place finisher Paul Tracy. "I really had to push hard the whole race and I think we had the fastest car on the track. We proved that; we came from the back to the front twice. I felt my car ran pretty good on the black Bridgestones, but overall my car was good on either type of tires.
Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're really happy for the RuSPORT organization. They were a very deserving winner today and while there was a lot of activity happening behind their cars, they were clearly the class of the field. Congratulations to both Justin Wilson and A.J. Allmendinger; they both drove superior races today. We're also happy that both our standard and alternate tires performed extremely well here and added to the various team strategies. We were sorry to see Mario Dominguez fall out of the race when he was running very competitively, but we still thank him for everything he's done for Bridgestone. Mexico City is a marvelous event and we're looking forward to coming back here again in 2006."
Race temperatures ranged from 125 to 87 degrees track and from 84 to 77 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 52 to 31 degrees track and from 29 to 25 degrees ambient (C).