Allmendinger Breaks Track Record to Win Bridgestone Pole Position The good times continue to roll for A.J. Allmendinger since he joined Forsythe Championship Racing. In just his second race weekend with his new team, Allmendinger broke an ...
Allmendinger Breaks Track Record to Win Bridgestone Pole Position
The good times continue to roll for A.J. Allmendinger since he joined Forsythe Championship Racing. In just his second race weekend with his new team, Allmendinger broke an eight-year-old track record today in winning the Bridgestone Pole Position Award.
Allmendinger's lap of 56.283 seconds (134.705 mph) bettered the previous standard set in 1998 by fellow American Jimmy Vasser (56.417 seconds), at a time when tire and engine competition constantly updated the record books. Allmendinger gave much credit for his tremendous lap to his Bridgestone Potenza tires -- both the standard specification Potenzas with the black sidewalls and the alternate specs with the red sidewalls.
* From A.J. Allmendinger, #7 Indeck Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "We just keep picking away at it. In this morning's practice we were OK and in qualifying the car was amazing. Thanks to everybody, especially Bridgestone for bringing two excellent tires to the racetrack again this weekend. You really can't tell between the reds and the blacks, they're so good. The biggest thing right now is the Bridgestone tires are withstanding everything. We did a full stint this morning on a set and I ran my fast lap on the last lap. If we get the car balanced right, the Bridgestones are going to stay under it all day."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought a new standard tire to Cleveland and paired it with a proven alternate spec. The standard spec Potenza should provide a very similar performance to the 2005 Cleveland standard tire. The "softer" alternate spec was used as the standard tire last year at Monterrey, Portland and Montreal. Each car receives six sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of the red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec must be run during Sunday's race.
* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "A.J. has certainly found his rhythm in a hurry with the Forsythe team. It's amazing to know he could have gone even faster had he not run out of fuel on his final qualifying lap. His comments about how important the Bridgestone tires were to his performance today say it all. As the supplier, we'd like to see a little more speed difference between the standard and alternate Potenzas -- and that's something we'll work on for the future. But we know that both tire specifications this weekend are providing excellent grip and durability, and that's what's most important."
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 108 to 110 degrees track and from 75 to 76 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 42 to 43 degrees track and a constant 24 degrees ambient (C).