Second Victory in a Row for Allmendinger Cleveland, Ohio - June 25th, 2006 -- American Forsythe driver A.J Allmendinger claimed his second Champ Car Victory in a row today at the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank. In what turned...
Second Victory in a Row for Allmendinger
Cleveland, Ohio - June 25th, 2006 -- American Forsythe driver A.J Allmendinger claimed his second Champ Car Victory in a row today at the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank. In what turned out to be one of the craziest races in recent history, Allmendinger managed to recover from a first lap spin through the grass which damaged his front wing and sent him to the back of the pack. Things didn't go as well for Paul Tracy who was involved in a spectacular first lap crash in which he ended up flying through the air and landing on top of Sebastien Bourdais. Amazingly, the Forsythe crew managed to do some repairs to the #3 car and send Tracy back on track, but unfortunately the damage affected the handling of the car and Tracy ended his day after making contact with the Turn 8 wall.
"I have got to thank the whole Forsythe team, everyone that was a part of it. They gave me absolutely a fantastic race car throughout the weekend. I thought last week's car in Portland was really good. This one topped that one. I tried to do as much as I could to not get the victory because I spun out in turn two. Oriol made a great start, dove under me. I thought I saw him twitch a little bit and I panicked because I didn't want to get clipped. More than anything, I threw it away and spun out. Fortunately enough, yellow came out. We were able to come in and fix the wing. From there it was just a dogfight. The first 20 laps was probably some of the worst 20 laps I've ever driven in my car. I think one time I went to go to the 'push to pass', I hit the hit speed limiter, so that doesn't go very fast. I think I tried to hit a couple people when they spun out. The first 20 laps, I had to settle myself back down and get going. The car was just absolutely brilliant, and the whole Forsythe team. I knew the crew is the best in the game so I knew I was going to make up a couple spots in the pits no matter what. If I could make some up on the track, I could at least get back in the top five. The way the yellows fell, it got me back in the lead, I was able to pull a huge gap because my car was so good. But so many times I thought I had the race won, a yellow would come out at the wrong time, I thought it was over for us. We'd get back in the lead, the yellow would come out again. The last 20 laps I was just saving as much fuel as I could because it was going to be close. Just thanks to Forsythe and the whole crew, especially my engineer Mike Cannon. He's the best in the game right now, just giving me absolute perfect race cars both weekends. Thanks to Red Bull and Bridgestone and Cosworth, everybody that's a part of this series, to make my dreams come true right now. Absolutely amazing."
"I came out of Turn 1 and was racing the Newman-Haas cars down the back straight and I got squeezed in between them and the next thing I knew I was flying. The team did a great job repairing the damage but the car was very hard to drive afterwards. I hit the wall coming out of Turn 8 and it ended my day. I'm glad the weekend is over, I'm just going to forget about it and move on to Toronto, my home town, and chase my first Victory of the season."