CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: RuSPORT qualifying report

Qualifying is now complete on the 1.5- mile oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the condensed two day schedule for this weekend's event, both practice and qualifying were held today. The RuSPORT team completed the first practice session with AJ...

Qualifying is now complete on the 1.5- mile oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the condensed two day schedule for this weekend's event, both practice and qualifying were held today. The RuSPORT team completed the first practice session with AJ Allmendinger running fifth and Justin Wilson running ninth. After the practice session the drivers and engineers worked to find the maximum balance and speed for qualifying. In qualifying, Allmendinger was a tick slower than his practice time but was happy with the cars balance while Wilson was a tick quicker than his practice time and he was also pleased with his cars balance. At the close of qualifying, both drivers commented that they would be looking forward to tonight's practice session since it will be the closest thing to race conditions and they will both be looking for speed out of their Intel and CDW machines. The Hurricane Relief 400 will begin Saturday at 8:30 PM ( PT) and can be seen Sunday, September 25 on SPEED Channel beginning at 3:30 PM (ET).

Justin Wilson

"The car was a lot more stable in qualifying than it was in practice. I feel like we've got room to improve but I don't have quite as much of a death grip on the wheel so we will take it from there in tonight's practice. Hopefully, we can make the CDW car a bit quicker. Last year we struggled in qualifying but had a very good race car so we were able to work our way through the pack. This year we're starting a little further up the grid so I think we can challenge early on in the race and hopefully end up with a good result."

A.J. Allmendinger

"The car was okay for qualifying. It was quite a bit better than it was in practice. From a handling standpoint it was pretty stable, now we just need to pick up speed. It's important that we get the car good in the night conditions since that is when we will be racing and we also need to get the car working well in traffic. I think we've found a good balance on the car and now we'll just keep working at it to find more speed."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Probably our biggest challenge today was that the cars as they unloaded off of the trailers were not great and didn't give the drivers a great deal of confidence. The good news is between practice and qualifying we made some changes and really improved the cars. Although each driver only did a handful of laps in qualifying, they know enough about the way the cars are handling and it's given them quite a bit of confidence. That is a strong foundation to work from through tonight's practice and tomorrow's warm-up session and into the race tomorrow night."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger