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JULY 24, 2006

Wilson sneaks into the fight

Justin Wilson has always enjoyed a low profile and in this year's Champ Car Series he is still in then hunt while Sebastien Bourdais and AJ Allmendinger have been the ones getting all the publicity. Wilson won the Edmonton Grand Prix last weekend in Canada beating Bourdais, who tangled with Alex Tagliani at a crucial moment and lost vital seconds. The 63,000 crowd watched Allmendinger come home third ahead of Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy. The result means that Bourdais retains a lead of 23 points but that Wilson is now second, five points ahead of Allmendinger.

At Milwaukee Tony Kanaan gave Andretti Green Racing victory in the Indy Racing League event beating Penske's Sam Hornish Jr with Tomas Scheckter third and Danica Patrick fourth ahead of Marco Andretti and Dario Franchitti.

At the Norisring, with FIA Max Mosley watching the action, Canada's Bruno Spengler won his first victory in the DTM beating Bernd Schneider and Mika Hakkinen. Pole man Jamie Green started from pole position but was pushed off into a wall. The Eurocup Formula 3 racers were also in action and Paul di Resta extended his lead in the championship with a win in the first race. It was the 20-year-old Scottish driver's third win of the year. The second race was won by Holland's Giedo van der Garde, a McLaren Mercedes junior driver.

And at Pocono Denny Hamlin won his second race of the year in the NASCAR Nextel Cup with his Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Chevrolet beating Penske's Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon.