CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: RuSPORT Saturday report

Justin Wilson led the RuSPORT squad in today's final qualifying for the 20th anniversary of the Molson Indy Toronto by powering the ...

Justin Wilson led the RuSPORT squad in today's final qualifying for the 20th anniversary of the Molson Indy Toronto by powering the #9 CDW Ford- Cosworth/Lola to its' 4th top-three start of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. Wilson's best lap of 59.519 was just two-thousandths of a second from today's pole time. Justin's teammate A.J. Allmendinger delivered his 5th top-ten qualification of the year in the #10 Western Union machine, despite missing the pre-qualifying practice session due to an engine change and suspension change.

Justin Wilson

"In the pre-qualifying session the car really started to come good. We didn't touch it from then until qualifying, we just added new tires. I'm pleased with turning it around from yesterday. My engineer and crew worked really hard for me. I am disappointed-to lose one place to two-thousandths, but to lose two! The CDW car had more in it, but I made a slight mistake on the last turn on my last lap and it only cost me about a half of a tenth. With this series being as competitive as it is, that half of a tenth was huge."

A.J. Allmendinger

"I'm really happy for Justin. He did a great job today. We did an engine change and really pushed to get the car on the track for qualifying. My guys did a great job, but we still just had no grip in the car. Starting ninth is not what I wanted, but we know what needs to be done to get a good result for tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"What a nice story it would have been for our new partner CDW to start their first race from pole, but for the want of two one-thousandths of a second it just wasn't meant to happen. We're confident that starting third should yield a good race result. A.J. had a challenging day because we had an unexpected mid-day motor change and I really must compliment Western Union crew on the work they did because the car ran flawlessly in qualifying. Unfortunately, we weren't able to spend quite as much time on improving the set-up as we wanted, but no one is a more determined racer than A.J. and, as Cleveland proved, he can race to the front."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger