Justin leads RuSPORT to victory in Mexico City Justin ended his 2005 Champ Car season on the highest possible note at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, leading 65 of the 70 laps en route to a commanding victory. With team-mate A.J.
Justin leads RuSPORT to victory in Mexico City
Justin ended his 2005 Champ Car season on the highest possible note at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, leading 65 of the 70 laps en route to a commanding victory. With team-mate A.J. Allmendinger taking second, ahead of Paul Tracy, it was RuSPORT's second victory in only its second year of Champ Car competition, and its first 1-2.
Justin's lead was interrupted only briefly when Rodolfo Lavin and Paul Tracy, who had pitted prior to a full course yellow on lap 20, emerged in front as Justin led the rest of the field into their first pit-stops. But Lavin locked up as he defended into Turn 1 and Tracy lost momentum trying to get by, allowing Justin to power the #9 Intel car past both and into the lead again, a position he comfortably maintained for the rest of the race.
Having conserved fuel for most of the race, in the closing stages Justin emphasised his pace by setting a fastest lap (1:28.479) 0.8 seconds faster than any other driver. Before celebrating with the rest of the RuSPORT team he treated fans to a perfect set of donuts on the start-finish straight. The win secured Justin's 3rd place in the 2005 Champ Car World Series and caps an impressive season which saw him take two wins (Toronto and Mexico City),a further podium (3rd in Montreal) and five other top five finishes.
Reflecting on the result, a delighted Justin was keen to thank the RuSPORT team, his sponsors, and his many fans, including a group of Justin Wilson plc investors who made the trip to Mexico City. He particularly wanted to stress the way he, A.J. and their engineers had worked together as a team throughout the weekend.
"It feels great, " he began. "On Friday we really struggled and A.J. was fantastic. I saw his set-up and we evolved each other and were able to work together all weekend to try different things and see what worked. If it didn't work, we had the other car to back up on. It's great; this team has done a fantastic job and they really deserved the one-two. Hopefully we can get a few more next year."
Jeremy Dale, RuSPORT Team President, added, "Finishing third in the championship is something to be very proud of, as is bringing RuSPORT's first ever one-two finish to the team. Every individual on the RuSPORT team has worked so hard and it is a wonderful way to end the season and give us motivation for 2006."