Wilson, RuSPORT Add Names to Bridgestone Winners' List Justin Wilson bided his time while other front-runners fell by the wayside, then made a sensational pass for the lead and pulled away to the first victory of his Champ Car career today. It...
Wilson, RuSPORT Add Names to Bridgestone Winners' List
Justin Wilson bided his time while other front-runners fell by the wayside, then made a sensational pass for the lead and pulled away to the first victory of his Champ Car career today. It also serves as the first win for Wilson's two-year-old RuSPORT team.
Wilson's memorable pass of Oriol Servia came on the 77th lap around the temporary street course that claimed six cars in incidents over the final 30 laps. After taking first place, Wilson leaned on his Bridgestone Potenza tires to build a comfortable advantage, clocking the only race lap of less than a minute (59.940 seconds) two laps after grabbing the lead.
"It seems so hard to believe that we finally made it," said Wilson, in his second year with Champ Car. "The guys worked so hard and I'm so pleased for the RuSPORT team. The car was great and on that last stint I was able to make a few moves and get to the front. We were carrying a lot of fuel for those first two stints, so we were giving the tires a hard time. Then the last stint they were just great; we were going quicker and quicker each lap. The car felt great with the Bridgestones under it."
Denied his maiden Champ Car win by Wilson's pass, Servia was still pleased with his performance and that of the Bridgestone tires. "The tires were very good, even on the concrete, which is always difficult on the tire," Servia said. "Even toward the end when it was really hot, the Bridgestone tires were very good -- especially mine. I'm really happy with Bridgestone today."
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"Bridgestone's congratulations go to Justin Wilson, owner Carl Russo and the whole RuSPORT team. They've been knocking at the door for a win for some time, and after the disappointment of nearly winning last month in Portland, we knew it wouldn't be long before we saw a RuSPORT driver on the top step of the podium. Justin utilized his Bridgestone tires to the maximum all weekend. He very nearly won the pole Saturday and ran a consistent race today until he made the move for the lead. He knew he could rely on his Potenzas to guide him through the daring pass and then he put the pedal down and let his Bridgestones carry him to the two fastest laps of the race to pull away. Oriol drove a sensational race as well and we know it's only a matter of time before his first victory. The abrasive Toronto circuit, with many surface changes, can certainly be tough on tires as drivers push for every ounce of grip into and out of the corners. While proper car set-up is key to keeping the tires strong for the full stint, we're pleased with the way the Potenzas performed overall again this weekend."
Race session temperatures ranged from 120 to 126 degrees track and from 87 to 90 degrees ambient (F).
Race session temperatures ranged from 49 to 52 degrees track and from 31 to 32 degrees ambient (C).