CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: RuSPORT Friday report

Justin Wilson and Ryan Briscoe place 16th and 17th in Surfers Paradise SURFERS PARADISE, Qlnd, Australia, Oct. 20, 2006 -- Justin Wilson ( ...

Justin Wilson and Ryan Briscoe place 16th and 17th in Surfers Paradise

SURFERS PARADISE, Qlnd, Australia, Oct. 20, 2006 -- Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) as well as teammate Ryan Briscoe (#10 RuSPORT / Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) did not put up qualifying times during provisional qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. They will be placed 16th and 17th respectively on the provisional grid.

Wilson and his CDW / RuSPORT team along with Briscoe and his RuSPORT team will work to improve their starting position in final qualifying tomorrow in Surfer's Paradise, Australia.

"First of all, for all of us at RuSPORT, it is great to have the #10 car back on track. The three race layoff was really tough on all of us so it is gratifying to have the car back on the track." said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale.

After missing three races, the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car was back on the track with Australian driver Ryan Briscoe. "Obviously it is a big disappointment not to be able to turn a lap in qualifying." said Briscoe. "During pre-qualifying I had a small mistake, clipped the wall and on this track a small mistake can be very costly. We plan to repair the car and go have another crack at it tomorrow."

"Needless to say it was an interesting day," states Dale. "Both Justin and Ryan had a good practice session this morning and as a result of that we felt confident going into this afternoon's provisional qualifying event. Unfortunately, both cars came to grief in the pre-qualifying session."

"Justin just barely nicked an apex tire and the result of that was that it jerked the steering wheel out of his hands and he hurt his right wrist. The car was fine no damage at all but Justin had to go directly to Champ Car medical and be assessed and as a result he was not able to participate in the qualifying session. Justin's result today was frustrating on a number of levels first of all because Justin is hurt but I also know that Justin will be frustrated that he didn't finish because his car is very competitive and he felt he could have been quickest in qualifying."

"On the #10 car side, I first want to say that it is great to have Western Union back on board for these last two races. They are a valued partner and one that we have quite a bit of history with so we are very pleased to be working with them again. Ryan had a very solid morning session and following the plan perfectly. In the pre-qualify practice session he was just starting his quick lap when he made a small mistake at the exit of the second chicane and the tire wall tore the left front corner off the car. The Champ Car safety team brought the car back to pit lane where the crew had a quick look at it and decided that the car was not fixable in time for Ryan to participate in provisional qualifying."

"Obviously today's results are disappointing for the team but we'll regroup overnight and come out fighting on Saturday," finished Dale.

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. He has been discharged from Theda Clark Medical Center and has flown home to be with his family in Brazil.

Final Qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia takes place tomorrow, starting at 2:00 pm AUS. The 2006 Lexmark Indy 300 will take place Sunday, October 22nd at 1:10 p.m. AUS. The race will be broadcast tape delay on SPEED Channel on Sunday, October 22nd, beginning at 2:30 pm CT.

-credit: rusport

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Ryan Briscoe , Cristiano da Matta