RuSPORT's driver of the ...
RuSPORT's driver of the #9 Gigante car, Michel Jourdain Jr., will achieve a milestone this weekend with the start of Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterey. Michel will start his 146th consecutive Champ Car race, passing both Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti for the fifth-longest streak in the record books.
The Grand Prix of Monterey will also be special for rookie A.J. Allmendinger. A.J. considers Laguna Seca a "home" race, as the 22 year-old is a Hollister, CA native. Allmendinger has more experience at this track than on any other, including a victory here last year on his way to the Toyota Atlantic Series title and a podium in 2002 in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, also while campaigning on to the BDPS championship.
RuSPORT heads into this weekend after a solid race in Montreal where the team brought both cars home again firmly in the top-ten. The 5th and 6th place finishes from A.J. and Michel, respectively, brought RuSPORT's total of top-ten results to 10. The team is optimistic heading into this weekend as A.J. has finished on the podium here the last two years (2003, 1st/ 2002, 3rd) and Michel has not finished outside the top-ten the last two years (2003, 4th/ 2002, 9th) at Laguna Seca.
Allmendinger's strong showing in Montreal, where he led his first Champ Car series laps, has moved him up in the Driver's Championship to 7th overall. A.J. also is leading the Rookie of the Year battle with 159 points to Justin Wilson's 131.