WILSON CAPS SEASON WITH SECOND CHAMP CAR VICTORY Leads teammate Allmendinger for first RuSPORT 1-2 sweep Justin Wilson used his superior ...
WILSON CAPS SEASON WITH SECOND CHAMP CAR VICTORY
Leads teammate Allmendinger for first RuSPORT 1-2 sweep
Justin Wilson used his superior #9 Intel Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ car to perfection on the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course in Mexico City, winning the 2005 Champ Car World Series season finale Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate presented by Banamex 70-lap contest in fine fashion.
The lanky Briton led 65 of 70 laps from pole, turned the fastest tour of the contest and crossed the finish line with 3.936 seconds to spare on teammate A.J. Allmendinger's Western Union Lola. Wilson secured third place in the championship by racking up a total of 265 points. "It feels great," he exulted. Comparing setups with Allmendinger and adapting both cars to fit the long and challenging track, "we kind of evolved with each other and were able to work together all weekend.
Second-placed Allmendinger, like squadmate Wilson a sophomore in the Champ Car World Series took fifth in the title chase with his fifth podium of the season, 19 points behind 2003 champ Paul Tracy who finished third today. "Justin gave us a real boost when he got pole (after Allmendinger owned it provisionally). We had a lot of data to look at and he had a fantastic Lola car. Today we went with his setup" to take second. "We made each other better."
Despite leading more laps than any driver this season, Tracy took fourth in the title race and third today, cutting and slicing his way through the field after an early puncture and mid-race drive-through penalty for blocking. The Canadian "was able to make positions back so it was a good result" for his #3 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola.
Oriol Servia overcame fuel pressure problems to earn fourth with his #2 PacifiCare Lola and secure second place in the championship behind teammate Sebastien Bourdais in the #1 McDonald's Lola. The new champ suffered from electrical maladies early and retired after contact with Cristiano da Matta.
2005 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year Timo Glock brought the #8 DHL Global Mail Lola to the flags in fifth acknowledging, "We had a very good Lola car today, great pit stops and great strategy." The German finished eighth in the championship chase.
The Champ Car World Series begins its 2006 run April 7-9 with the 32nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.