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Photos: High tech hits the racetrack

At this year's San Jose Grand Prix, sophisticated data monitoring systems take up the pole position for team RuSport.
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RuSport racecar

As each team's car gets ready to hit the track for qualifying trials Friday at this year's San Jose Grand Prix, a RuSport vehicle sits and waits.

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Jeremy Dale

RuSport team owner Jeremy Dale sits in the VIP area, monitoring data from its No. 9 race car driven by Justin Wilson.

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Crew members

In order to get the best performance out of the RuSport race car, crew members constantly monitor data sent wirelessly from the car in real time.

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Eyes and ears for data

RuSport crew members watch closely as data is fed onto their screens from the team's race car, as it takes part in qualifying trials in San Jose, Calif., on Friday.

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VIP monitor

RuSport has a VIP area in which custom data is fed to several monitors from the nearby main command center.

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Forsythe team

Members of another team work on their car during a pit stop at the San Jose Grand Prix.

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Fuel analysis

Sophisticated software allows RuSport crew members to analyze every aspect of their team's race car and its fuel performance.

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Tire change

Not every task can be handled by software. Here, a RuSport crew member changes a tire on the team's car.

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Back to the race

After a pit stop, crew members begin to push RuSport's No. 9 car back onto the track to continue racing.

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Towing after the trial

RuSport No. 9 gets towed after finishing a qualifying trial. In the final in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, RuSport's drivers weren't the first across the finish line. Wilson finished third, and teammate Cristiano da Matta took second. First place went to Sebastien Bourdais of team Newman Haas.

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