CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: RuSPORT, Allmendinger Friday report

After capturing the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship during his last run in a race car through the streets of Denver, rookie A.J. Allmendinger was exciting to take to the track this morning at RuSPORT's home race. Allmendinger was third-quick in...

After capturing the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship during his last run in a race car through the streets of Denver, rookie A.J. Allmendinger was exciting to take to the track this morning at RuSPORT's home race. Allmendinger was third-quick in this morning's practice session and looked to translate that into a top result for provisional qualifying. Unfortunately, today's run didn't go as planned as the #10 Western Union car got loose into Turn 5 on its first qualifying lap and ended A.J.'s session in the tire barriers. The RuSPORT crew was unable to repair the front wing damage in time to return to qualifying. Allmendinger recorded no time today as a result of the penalty for losing his fastest time for bringing out a red flag.

A.J. Allmendinger
"Well qualifying was clearly not what we had planned today, to say the least. We were pretty happy with the #10 Western Union car in practice this morning; running third quick was heading us in the right direction. Unfortunately I just got loose heading into Turn 5 on my warm-up lap to put together my first qualifying run. There wasn't any serious damage, but it was enough to keep us from getting back out there today. We learned we can run in the top group here, so I'm going to concentrate on getting in right for tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale, Team President
"Certainly today was not the day we had planned for qualifying. We were third-quick in practice this morning and happy with where we were starting from as far as set-up goes. Unfortunately, A.J. got caught out in Turn 5 and we weren't able to get the car fixed and back out today. The good news, however, is that tomorrow the track will be faster and we've got another shot."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger