It was another excellent day for the RuSPORT team as Justin Wilson secured the top spot in qualifying today with a time of 1:26.602, his second pole position and his fourth front row start of the season. He and teammate AJ Allmendinger will fill...
It was another excellent day for the RuSPORT team as Justin Wilson secured the top spot in qualifying today with a time of 1:26.602, his second pole position and his fourth front row start of the season. He and teammate AJ Allmendinger will fill the front row for the third time this season for tomorrow's finale in Mexico City, Mexico. The RuSPORT duo also filled the front row at races in Portland (Wilson pole) and Edmonton (Allmendinger pole). Allmendinger was assured a front row starting position after posting the fastest time in Friday's provisional qualifying. The drivers will return to the track tomorrow morning at 10:45 a.m. for the final warm-up and the green flag for the race will drop at 2:45 p.m. local time.
"It's been a struggle today. We seemed to have a great car, but you know we're right about on the edge of having a car that's magnificent. We just kind of battled back and forth today trying to get a good baseline set-up. Justin did a great job today and it's great for the team. Hopefully we won't give it away to Sebastien like we did last time we started together on the front row. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race."
"We've had an interesting day, up and down. There have been times when we really struggled and there have been times when we just happened to get it right and be quick. Fortunately, we've gotten it right at the end of the session when it counts. On the second run, it came together. Every time going through the axis, I kept leaning on the car. It felt great. We were very pleased that we might turn it around and have a better weekend. I think tomorrow it will be a strong pace and a long race. We'll have to play it as smart as we can and try to make sure we have a good car tomorrow in warm-up and the same throughout the race."
"I know AJ and his guys are a little disappointed in their performance today but at the end of the day they knew they had a front row starting spot locked down so they were able to experiment a little and unfortunately they weren't able to go quicker. But just as Justin was able to use information from his teammates run yesterday, AJ will do the same thing today and they will do their best to push themselves forward for the race. Justin and all his guys on the #9 Intel car had a tough day yesterday and fought very hard to improve their car the last two days and the result of that is a well deserved pole position. We're all extremely proud to have the #9 Intel and #10 Western Union cars on the front row. We're very proud of the entire team and it's a great way to start the final race of the 2005 season."