RuSPORT Drivers Finish Friday's Provisional Qualifying 2nd & 5th in Mexico City Wilson and Briscoe have strong starts to the final weekend of the 2006 Champ Car World Series Mexico City, MX, Nov. 10th, 2006 -- After four races without two ...
RuSPORT Drivers Finish Friday's Provisional Qualifying 2nd & 5th in Mexico City
Wilson and Briscoe have strong starts to the final weekend of the 2006 Champ Car World Series
Mexico City, MX, Nov. 10th, 2006 -- After four races without two cars, RuSPORT is very happy to have both Justin Wilson and Ryan Briscoe high on the provisional qualifying grid. Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT / Ford -- Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) finished 2nd at today's provisional qualifying session and Ryan Briscoe (#10 RuSPORT / Western Union / Elektra / Ford -- Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) finished 5th.
While this was a strong start to their first race together, both Justin Wilson with the CDW / RuSPORT team and Ryan Briscoe with his RuSPORT / Western Union / Elektra team look to improve their positions during the final qualifying session on Saturday.
"The #9 CDW car was fantastic straight out of the box and I've got to thank the whole team for doing a great job", said Justin. "In qualifying I was quick on the first two laps of my first stint, but clipped the chicane on my 3rd lap and tweaked my wrist again. I didn't damage it, but it caused a bit of pain so I pitted straight away. When I went out for my second stint on the Bridgestone Reds, I just seemed to catch traffic with every lap. I think we were just a bit too quick! Overall, it's been a good day. The car's been getting quicker and quicker. It's been a real pleasure."
"The #10 RuSPORT / Western Union / Elektra car ended up fifth and we're pretty happy with that," said Ryan Briscoe. "I'm still learning the track, but as the weekend goes on we're hoping to really improve on that. It is very exciting having Justin back on the track since he has been able to brace up his wrist. He's the best driver to learn from, since he was last year's winner and I'm hoping he can really help me improve. So far, it has been a great start and we're looking forward to continuing on like this."
Jeremy Dale, President of RuSPORT said, "On balance, today was a pretty good day. I know that with the #9 CDW car Justin is a little bit frustrated because he believes that today was at least a provisional pole position day for him and his wrist held him back just a little. That was just the difference, a 10th of a second. Justin has done an exceptional job and the whole CDW #9 crew has done an exceptional job today so we feel pretty good about being P2 at the end of the day on Friday."
"The #10 Western Union / Elektra car of Ryan Briscoe had a good day as well," continued Dale. "He had, of course, never seen this race track until this morning in the practice session and it is a tough race track with a high commitment so his P5 result is a very solid start. He had a good day and we look forward to building on that keeping both the #9 and #10 cars close to the front of the grid."
The Gran Premio Telmex of Mexico City is the final race of the 2006 Champ Car World Series. The race will be held on Sunday, November 12th and broadcast live on SPEED TV at 3:00 p.m. EST.