In an inaugural San Jose Grand Prix that saw only nine cars cross the finish line, 27 year-old British driver Justin Wilson and his ...
In an inaugural San Jose Grand Prix that saw only nine cars cross the finish line, 27 year-old British driver Justin Wilson and his # 9 Intel crew drove a clean race with speedy pit stops to collect his 6th top-five result of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. Teammate and hometown favorite, A.J. Allmendinger unfortunately became one of the first victims of the tricky downtown street- circuit when his #10 CDW car touched the wall exiting a fierce Turn 4. The incident caused irreparable damage to the right front suspension, ending the 23 year-old's day. Despite today's finish, Allmendinger retains his place in the top-five in the overall championship standings. Wilson continues his title chase holding at 3rd in the Drivers championship.
"This wasn't our best track, but we got out of it almost all that we could. The track is so tight and so slippery with virtually no place to overtake. My Intel guys did fantastic pit stops and that gave us a position on each of the stops and that's where you really had to make the moves. A lot of today was about bringing the car home in one piece, and we did that for another top-five finish."
"To say I'm disappointed is a huge understatement. To say that I'm tired of making those kinds of mistakes is a huge understatement. I've clearly got to fix the problem, but I'm not sure how to just yet, because these results are not acceptable. I know I can drive the car fast-I qualified well, but I've got work to do. I really wanted to win this one for everyone here in San Jose, so I'm sorry I didn't bring it home."
Carl Russo, Team President
"On a track that caught out even wily veterans, the San Jose Grand Prix caught out A.J. as well. Despite that early disappointment, Justin and the Intel crew rallied to pass five cars on their way to an outstanding fourth- place finish. A job well done-a job very well done."