CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: RuSPORT Friday report

Justin Wilson qualifies in sixth place in Elkhart Lake ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Sept. 22, 2006 -- Justin Wilson ( ...

Justin Wilson qualifies in sixth place in Elkhart Lake

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Sept. 22, 2006 -- Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) took sixth place in provisional qualifying for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America. Wilson and his CDW / RuSPORT team will work to improve their starting position in final qualifying tomorrow in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.

"We were running well for the first half of the session," said Wilson. "Everything was working well and the CDW team did a great job, but unfortunately, as it cycled through and the track continued to dry out toward the end of the session, we just weren't in the right place at the right time. We were in first position for most of the session, but in these conditions, it takes some luck as well. It's still damp in places, with wet patches and puddles throughout the track, and each lap you have to hunt for a better line and more grip. We'll get back to work tonight and try to put in a better result tomorrow."

For the third consecutive Champ Car race weekend, RuSPORT is competing without the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car, as Cristiano da Matta continues to recover from a serious head injury he suffered in a collision with a deer during a test session at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. on Aug. 3. The team received some good news on Friday morning, however, as da Matta was discharged from Theda Clark Medical Center, and was flown home to Miami with his family.

"First of all, from a team perspective, all of us at RuSPORT are very, very pleased that Cristiano and his family have been able to get back to Miami and continue his tremendous recovery," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "Our hearts are with the entire da Matta family, as they have been since August 3. As far as today goes, Justin and his CDW team really had a pretty good day. Sixth place is not much to show for, but it was one of those topsy-turvy, wet-drying sessions, and it was all about timing. There were many points during the session, especially early, that Justin was at the top of the time sheets, but the timing just didn't quite work out for us. But he's quite happy with the car he's got, and we'll just deal with this changing weather as it comes to us."

-credit: rusport

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Cristiano da Matta
Teams HART