Miami: RuSport race notes

RuSPORT started a record-breaking weekend after 2003 Toyota Atlantic Champion A.J. Allmendinger set a track record and captured his ninth season pole, equaling the record for most poles in a season set by Gilles Villenueve in 1976. Race day...

RuSPORT started a record-breaking weekend after 2003 Toyota Atlantic Champion A.J. Allmendinger set a track record and captured his ninth season pole, equaling the record for most poles in a season set by Gilles Villenueve in 1976. Race day brought disappointment, however, for both Allmendinger and Justus. An early morning engine misfire on the #4 car had been quickly diagnosed and corrected, but still proved problematic at the race start. Allmendinger pitted and the team again changed spark plugs. A.J. lost the lead, but went on to set fastest lap of the race. The start was equally unfortunate for Justus as a stack-up of leaders on the restart caused contact and front wing damage on the #3 car. Aaron battled hard, but was forced to pit late in the race to make repairs. The team did a swift nosecone change, with Aaron losing only two positions. RuSPORT caps off a championship first season with both drivers finishing in the top five (1st & 5th) and 1-2 in the Rookie of the Year standings.

#3 Aaron Justus

"It's unfortunate because something happened at the start and Jon (Fogarty) and I just got piled up. I feel really bad for Jon. From that point on, it was just a struggle. As we have this year, we achieved our best car in the race. So hopefully next year we'll start with a good car at the beginning of the weekend and show what we can do."

#4 A.J. Allmendinger

"Today was disappointing. Fortunately, and unfortunately, after we fixed the car it ran the best it had all weekend. If we could have started from our pole position and made it cleanly through Turn 1, no one could have touched us. I'm still thrilled though. There's not one person in this paddock that wouldn't trade places with me, even though we lost today. This season was just about perfect and the RuSPORT team was outstanding all year. My engineer Burke Harrison just gave me a great car every time. I'm looking forward to next year. "

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"It was clearly a pretty challenging day for the team, and not the way we wanted to finish the season, but this team this year has done such a tremendous job all year. It's that hard work and dedication that brought us first and second in the rookie standings and twelve podiums. So onward and upward we go. I want to congratulate A.J. and Aaron and the entire RuSPORT team for their effort and commitment."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"The summary for our weekend is really the summary for all year-a great team effort and a great job by A.J. and Aaron. We obviously didn't get it done today, but it's those challenges that inspire us to go racing. "

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Series Atlantic
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , Aaron Justus