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Wilson dedicates win to Britons

July 11, 2005

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— Justin Wilson briefly admired the trophy he earned for his first Champ Car victory, then the Englishman quickly dedicated his triumph to fellow Britons still reeling from last week's bomb attacks in London.

"I'd like to say about the bombing, everyone is thinking about the people back home," Wilson said Sunday from the top of the podium at the Toronto Molson Indy.

"It's great to get this and dedicate it to that."

Later, he said the attacks on London's transportation system had made it an emotional week for him.

"Obviously it was very sad news to hear about the bombings, especially after the celebration of the Olympics," he said. "It's important that we just carry on."

Wilson passed Oriol Servia with 11 laps to go and held on. The race ended under caution.

A.J. Allmendinger, Wilson's teammate for the upstart RuSport team, crashed as he was closing in on Servia for second place. Allmendinger brushed the wall, then careened across the track into a tire barrier.

Mario Dominguez then slammed into Allmendinger's stopped car to bring out a caution with seven laps to go. The race ended when officials were unable to get the track cleaned during the allotted time.

"I was a bit nervous they might get the wreck cleaned up and get one more shot at losing the win," Wilson said.

Servia, who was seeking his first career victory, was disappointed not to get a final chance to pass Wilson.

"The yellow was just I wanted," he said. "But unfortunately we didn't get another restart."

Alex Tagliani finished third and was followed by Jimmy Vasser and Sebastian Bourdais, who overcame an accident with Paul Tracy to finish fifth and reclaim the series points lead.

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