After a grueling race in Milwaukee, Justin Wilson enjoyed a cup of tea in Toronto on June 17 while helping unveil the Waterford Crystal trophies for the Honda Indy Toronto on July 13-14.
The trophies were commissioned by William Ashley, whose flagship store on fashionable Bloor Street showcases a window display in which each tire of an Indy car is supported by a Wedgewood tea cup.
Wilson, who won the 2005 race at Exhibition Place and started third last July, is looking forward to the second IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend.
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"We're a slightly smaller team but our cars have been fast," said Wilson of Dale Coyne Racing. "At Detroit, my teammate (Mike Conway) won one of the races and I finished third. He placed third in the second race, and hopefully that's going to translate here.
"It's so even right now (among the competitors) that you go into every weekend thinking 'I can win this race. We come here and get everything right we can win.' It's a lot of pressure at the same time.All 24, 25 cars will be covered by less than a second, so that's pretty intense. The competition level right now is really high, so to get pole position you have to do a really good lap, the car has to be just perfect. If you're off two-tenths, you'll be starting 10th."
Construction of the 11-turn, 1.755-mile circuit at Exhibition Place is well underway for the twin 85-lap races that carry full points and prize money.
"We train hard in the preseason and during the season, trying to keep that fitness level up so you can do the job in the car," Wilson said. "On top to that, eating right by having the proper carbohydrates, proteins and fluids to help you body recover. You want to compete on the same level on day two as you did on day one. We found in Detroit that a lot of people were more aggressive on day 2 as emotions went up, and I think that could be the same in Toronto."
Wilson advanced four positions relative to his starting spot to finish ninth in the Milwaukee IndyFest on June 15. He's eighth in the championship standings.
“It was a pretty tough race,” said Wilson. “I was really happy with where we ended up, but we lost enough track position early on that we weren’t able to really factor in the end. We were hoping to come out of Milwaukee with a few more points, but we made some progress after a tough start."