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RuSPORT Provisional Qualifying Report: Grand Prix of Houston A.J. Allmendinger Holds Fourth Position, Justin Wilson Sits in Sixth Position After First Day of Qualifying on New Circuit HOUSTON, TX, May 11, 2006 - Provisional qualifying is now...

RuSPORT Provisional Qualifying Report: Grand Prix of Houston

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

HOUSTON, TX, May 11, 2006 - Provisional qualifying is now complete at the Grand Prix of Houston. RuSPORT's A.J. Allmendinger currently sits in fourth position for Saturday night's inaugural race on the new Reliant Park street course, while his teammate, Justin Wilson, holds the sixth spot on the grid. These results weren't quite as promising as the times posted in Thursday afternoon's practice session, after which Wilson sat in third place, and Allmendinger held the fourth spot on the grid. RuSPORT will go back to the drawing board and try to improve its starting positions in Friday's final qualifying session, which begins at 12:30 pm CDT.

"We're disappointed," said RuSPORT's Justin Wilson (#9 CDW / RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth Bridgestone). "We need to understand what we did wrong since this morning...the car was quick this morning, and now we're struggling. But we'll keep working at it, and hopefully, we can turn it around and be quicker tomorrow. It's a challenging circuit, but we're up to the challenge."

"We need to be quicker, and that's what it comes down to," said A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Lola / Ford-Cosworth Bridgestone). "We need to go search for ideas, because we're not doing well at all. We're not keeping up with the track...the track is getting faster, and we're not. It's disappointing, because after practice today, I thought we were going to be good. I was faster, and (Sebastien) Bourdais was only two-tenths ahead of me, so we were feeling good. But we just don't have the pace. So, it's back to work tonight...I'm confident we'll figure it out."

"The event promoters and everyone involved in the Grand Prix of Houston have done a great job with this event," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. It's an impressive facility, and we're very happy to be in Houston. It was certainly and up-and-down day for us...morning practice was very good, and I think we thought we had faster cars then we ended up with in qualifying. Having said that, the team is committed to doing better, and they're going to their best to make the cars quicker. Clearly, Newman-Haas have two great cars, and Sebastien Bourdais driving very well, and I know how hard our team is trying, but right now, it's a matter of finding a more stable platform and fighting for a good starting position."

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 , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger