CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: RuSPORT Friday report

A.J. Allmendinger Holds Fourth Position, Justin Wilson Sits in Seventh Position After Second Day of Qualifying on New Circuit HOUSTON, TX, May 12, 2006 -- The starting grid is now set for the 2006 Grand Prix of Houston, and RuSPORT drivers...

A.J. Allmendinger Holds Fourth Position, Justin Wilson Sits in Seventh Position After Second Day of Qualifying on New Circuit

HOUSTON, TX, May 12, 2006 -- The starting grid is now set for the 2006 Grand Prix of Houston, and RuSPORT drivers A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) and Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth / Bridgestone) hold two solid starting positions in the top-ten. Allmendinger qualified fourth with a best-lap time of 58.572 seconds, while Wilson stopped the clocks in his best lap at 58.829 seconds to qualify in seventh spot. Both drivers will try to improve their positions in tomorrow night's race on Houston's Reliant Park street circuit.

""It was a good effort by the whole team," said Allmendinger. "My race engineers, Chris Lerch and Mike Talbott, did an awesome job, because we've been struggling all weekend. My crew did a great job fixing the car after we wrecked, this morning, and it was just a good effort by the whole team. I'm really proud of them because it was looking dismal going into qualifying, but they gave me a car that was good enough to help me get a good starting spot on the grid."

"We made some improvements, but we still weren't quick enough, so it's a bit frustrating to be starting so far back," said Wilson. "But it will be a long, tough race, so we'll try to keep out of trouble and see what the race brings. The track is gripping up well, which makes it even more disappointing that we didn't pick up more time, so we'll just go back and study it and see how we can improve tomorrow. The crew is working really hard to make the car quicker, and we're all looking forward to the race tomorrow night."

"Overall, I think we have improved overnight," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "The team may not be altogether happy with what they've achieved overnight, but they've definitely achieved something. Both Justin and A.J. did everything they could to get every last ounce of speed out of their cars, so progress is being made. We're in better shape than we were last night, despite the fact that Justin is, unfortunately, in a very challenging grid position. It's a street race, and the track has been very unpredictable so far, and we don't expect tomorrow night to be any different. It's going to be survival of the fittest. That, plus some speed, will be what wins the race."

The inaugural Grand Prix of Houston will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel on Saturday, May 13, and starts at 8:00 pm CDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger