Wilson Fastest in Fontana - Day 2

Wilson, now partnered with last year's rookie title competitor A.J. Allmendinger at RuSport, pushed his new car around the sunny 1.45 mile road course in a time of 52.71 seconds, a time which has filled him with confidence for the coming season

Justin Wilson, now starting his second year in Champ Cars, has shown the form that has him so highly rated by many racing pundits in topping the timesheets at yesterday's test in Fontana.

"I think we have everything in place to be competitive this season,"Wilson said. "The team is doing a great job, we're all learning and building our chemistry. We have the parts to be good; it is just a matter of putting all the pieces together."

Cristiano da Matta, fastest on Tuesday, is still looking strong, and found a half second saving from his previous best time. PKV Racing's co-owner Jimmy Vasser likes what he sees in his teammate, stating: "I think Cristiano has been a great addition to the team and things are really starting to work.

"We're getting close on our program here at PKV Racing, but it's going to be a tough deal because there are going to be a lot of strong cars - more than half the field is going to be very strong, and fans are going to be rewarded with a great championship because a lot of guys are going to have a chance to win races."

The next tests will be run in Sebring and Fontana from March 22-24, ahead of the season opening race at Long Beach on April 10.

Fontana Champ Car Test, March 9, 2005

Pos  Driver              Team         Time
 1.  Justin Wilson       RuSPORT      52.71
 2.  Cristiano da Matta  PKV Racing   52.81
 3.  A.J. Allmendinger   RuSPORT      52.86
 4.  Paul Tracy          Forsythe     52.91
 5.  Jimmy Vasser        PKV Racing   53.11
 6.  Andrew Ranger       Conquest     53.30

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