Allmendinger Captures Bridgestone Pole Position With a New Lap Record At Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio - June 24th, 2006 -- A.J. Allmendinger captured the Bridgestone Pole Position today for the Cleveland Grand Prix Presented by U.S. Bank in style...
Allmendinger Captures Bridgestone Pole Position With a New Lap Record At Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio - June 24th, 2006 -- A.J. Allmendinger captured the Bridgestone Pole Position today for the Cleveland Grand Prix Presented by U.S. Bank in style by setting a new lap record and clearing his nearest rival by a whopping .355s. It is Allmendinger's second career pole and the first of 2006. Paul Tracy was not able to improve his time from Friday's qualifying session after having to jump into his back up car due to contact with the wall during the pre-qualifying practice session. The crew of the #3 Forsythe car managed to adjust ride heights, suspension settings, attach a rear wing, swap seats, adjust fuel quantities, and warm up the backup car in only a few minutes which allowed Tracy to have almost a full qualifying run. Tracy and Allmendinger finished 1-2 in last year's race and will be looking to repeat the same feat tomorrow.
"I think the whole Forsythe team today was quite amazing. In practice we were fairly close, but by everybody seeing the times, everybody was really close, and my engineer Mike Canon just kept fully working on the car as the practice went on. We kept getting it better as the practice went on. But we never got to really do a new tire run to see what the car was like so in qualifying, the car was really good on the blacks. I didn't get the lap that I needed on the blacks, even though it was fairly quick. Then in the reds the car was just about the same and a little more grip from the red tires, and it was just kind of a pretty stable lap and it was really good. I was nervous I knew Sebastien was out there, so I had one more lap to go. I was on a big quicker lap and I ran out of fuel, but fortunately enough, we were able to hold onto it and I really think the car is going to be pretty solid for tomorrow's race."
"First of all I have to thank my crew guys because they did an amazing job. I hit the wall coming off the chicane during the brief pre-qualifying practice session and we had to go to the back up car, they really hustled and managed to have the car ready to go in a matter of minutes. It was really difficult once I got in the back up car, even though the cars were set up almost the same there's always differences. I'm very disappointed because we had a great car and we were never able to show our speed. We have a good set up for tomorrow and I know that I'll be challenging for the win."