Justin Wilson qualifies eighth, Cristiano da Matta qualifies in tenth in first round of qualifying in San Jose SAN JOSE, Cal., July 28, 2006 -- Justin Wilson ( ...
Justin Wilson qualifies eighth, Cristiano da Matta qualifies in tenth in first round of qualifying in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Cal., July 28, 2006 -- Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) took eighth place in provisional qualifying for the San Jose Grand Prix, recording a best lap time of 50.504 seconds. His teammate, Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone), posted a best lap time of 50.734 seconds to qualify two spots behind Wilson in the first round of qualifying on the streets of Downtown San Jose. Both RuSPORT drivers will look to improve their respective positions in tomorrow's final qualifying session.
"I'm a little bit disappointed with today," said Wilson. "The car didn't feel too bad, but we ended up in eighth position. So, we've got a little bit of work to do to give ourselves an opportunity on Sunday. We'll work on things tonight and get it right tomorrow. On a track like this, it's critical to brake well, power down and turn in well in the corners. All of the corners are very similar, so if you fix the problem in one corner, you'll fix it in all of them and pick up quite a bit of time. Hopefully, it's just a couple of clicks away and we'll be there."
"It's a disappointing qualifying position, and I'm also disappointed in the progress we've made so far this weekend," said da Matta. "We have some issues to address, but we're not going to give up. We'll keep working on it, and hopefully, tomorrow we'll be better."
"I would first like to congratulate the Grand Prix promoters and organizers here in San Jose," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "They have done a terrific job to improve the race track and the facility, all around. The race track is miles ahead of where it was a year ago, and I know they'll keep on working at it, but hat's off to them. For us, it was an interesting day. I think our provisional qualifying positions are a little misleading, especially in Justin's case. Many cars in front of the CDW No. 9 car used the alternate red-sidewalled Bridgestone tires in provisional qualifying, while Justin used the black Bridgestone tires. So, although we're not entirely happy with the car, the results are a bit skewed. Obviously, we need to do some work on both cars, and we need to improve performance just a little bit to get the up toward the front of the grid."