CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: RuSPORT race report

RuSPORT Places Two Cars in the Top Five at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto Justin Wilson finishes in fourth place, Cristiano da Matta improves from eighth to fifth TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 9, 2006 -- Justin Wilson ( ...

RuSPORT Places Two Cars in the Top Five at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto

Justin Wilson finishes in fourth place, Cristiano da Matta improves from eighth to fifth

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 9, 2006 -- Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) overcame some handling issues and fierce competition on the track to finish in fourth place in the 2006 Molson Grand Prix of Toronto. His teammate, Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) crossed the line right behind Wilson and captured fifth place, matching his best finish with RuSPORT this season.

The race was won by A.J. Allmendinger of Forsythe Championship Racing. The results move Wilson down one spot to third place in the Champ Car World Series driver's championship standings, behind Allmendinger and Sebastien Bourdais. Da Matta currently sits in eighth position in the standings, just six points outside of the top five.

"It was a difficult day," said Wilson. "Starting from the pole position, we were obviously hoping for a little bit more than fourth place, but under the circumstances, I think we had to try and play it smart here and keep ourselves in the game. But we weren't quite quick enough today. We just couldn't get a good balance in the car. We were sliding around and seemed to be giving our tires a harder time than anyone else was. We have to try to work out why we're different than anyone else. We'll learn from this what we can and move on to Edmonton now."

"I personally thought my race in Portland was better than this one, because it was my first go in the car," said da Matta. "This was my third race with RuSPORT, and I expected to be a little bit better by now. We don't always get everything right because we haven't had time to go testing, but step by step, we're getting closer. I think we just have to keep on working. The engineers and mechanics are pushing very hard to make me comfortable as quickly as possible, and I'm pushing myself very hard to adapt myself to everything around me. So, it's a matter of time, and it should be good soon."

"It was a good result for RuSPORT today, taking fourth and fifth place," said RuSPORT owner Carl Russo. "After Justin qualified on the pole, the performance of the car fell off a little too quickly during the first stint of the race, and we ended up giving away some track position. But on a very competitive circuit, I think fourth and fifth is very representative of the car speed we had today. We'll pick up from here and head to Edmonton, and see if we can push ourselves back to the front."

-rusport

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , Cristiano da Matta