Wilson Takes First Champ Car Win

Justin Wilson took his and RuSPORT's first Champ Car World Series race victory in an incredibly dramatic Molson Indy Toronto on Sunday

Wilson Takes First Champ Car Win

The English ex-Formula One driver dived past leader Oriol Servia (Newman/Haas Racing) with 11 laps to go, and then pulled away easily before a heavy accident involving Wilson's teammate AJ Allmendinger and Mario Dominguez led to the race finishing under a full-course yellow.

Wilson spent the first half of the race chasing leaders Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais, until Champ Car's fiercest rivals collided in the pit lane exit after their first stops.

Remarkably Tracy was able to continue in the lead of the race despite losing half his front wing, while Bourdais dropped to 10th with a puncture.

A slow first stop for Wilson promoted Servia to second place, and the Spaniard began to chip away at Tracy's lead. The Toronto crowd favourite was trying to hang on until the second pit stops before replacing his nose section, and the gamble looked set to pay off as he headed for the pits with a 6s lead.

Then a collision between Cristiano da Matta and the lapped car of Ricardo Sperafico brought out the yellows again. As per the 2005 Champ Car regulations, the pits were closed for the first lap of the caution and Tracy had to abort his pit visit at the last second. Incredibly he then ran out of fuel on the front straight and retired from the race in bizarre fashion.

Several further cautions then interrupted the race's flow before the action resumed on lap 66 with Wilson third behind Servia and Alex Tagliani. Wilson rapidly passed the latter and then put Servia under tremendous pressure before squeezing down the inside at turn three and snatching the lead on lap 77.

Shortly afterwards, Allmendinger (who had passed Tagliani for third) spun into the tyre wall at turn six and was collected heavily by Mario Dominguez as he rebounded onto the racing line. Although both drivers were unhurt, the carnage was sufficient to bring the yellows out for the last few minutes of the race, allowing Wilson to cruise to his first win.

Servia retained second, ahead of Tagliani, Jimmy Vasser and the recovering Bourdais.

Pos Driver Team Time 1. Justin Wilson RuSPORT 1h 46:10.177 2. Oriol Servia Newman Haas + 0.730 3. Alex Tagliani Team Australia + 1.695 4. Jimmy Vasser PKV + 1.868 5. Sebastien Bourdais Newman Haas + 2.558 6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rocketsports + 3.234 7. Timo Glock Rocketsports + 4.698 8. Alex Sperafico HVM, Inc. + 5.377 9. Ryan Dalziel Dale Coyne + 1 Lap 10. Nelson Philippe Mi-Jack Conquest + 1 Lap 11. Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest + 3 Laps 12. A.J. Allmendinger RuSPORT + 6 Laps 13. Mario Dominguez Forsythe Championship + 6 Laps 14. Marcus Marshall Team Australia + 21 Laps 15. Bjorn Wirdheim HVM, Inc. + 26 Laps 16. Paul Tracy Forsythe Championship + 29 Laps 17. Cristiano da Matta PKV + 30 Laps 18. Ricardo Sperafico Dale Coyne + 31 Laps 
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