CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: RuSPORT race report

Michel Jourdain Jr. had hoped to extend his streak of consecutive oval podium finishes at tonight's Bridgestone 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it wasn't to be. Jourdain struggled with a troublesome car, but he and the ...

Michel Jourdain Jr. had hoped to extend his streak of consecutive oval podium finishes at tonight's Bridgestone 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it wasn't to be. Jourdain struggled with a troublesome car, but he and the #9 Gigante crew kept their determination and collected a respectable 11th-place finish.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"At the beginning the car was fine. I did struggle with the car getting a little loose towards the end of each stint, but that wasn't a real problem for me. At one point the car suddenly just seemed to lose power and I don't know why. We kept looking, but it wasn't obvious. I had been running with A.J. (Allmendinger) and keeping with him and that pack of cars, but then they just took off. Even with the draft, I couldn't keep up. It's disappointing because I had a streak of podium finishes on the oval tracks and I really enjoy racing them. The whole team stayed with it and we brought home valuable championship points in spite of it."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"After qualifying fifth, something just wasn't right with the car. We've got to go back and figure it out. Michel struggled with the car and just missed the top-ten tonight in spite of the struggle."

American A.J. Allmendinger took the green flag for his first super-speedway race tonight under the lights of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ran all 166 laps at the front of the pack, charging as high as 3rd. Allmendinger brought home a strong 6th-place finish to collect his 7th top-ten result of the season. A.J.'s finish tonight extends his lead in the Rookie of the Year standings to 35 points over Britain's Justin Wilson.

A.J. Allmendinger

"For my first super-speedway, as a driver I felt I did a good job and my crew just gave me awesome pit-stops. The car had too much downforce. It was handling better than most of the cars in front of me, but I just couldn't do much with it because of the downforce. This weekend was a great learning experience for me and I came out of it with a sixth, so I'm happy and looking forward to heading back to a street-course!"

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"Our number one goal was to get a good finish here and leave Las Vegas further ahead. A.J. did just that. With two races left, he picked up a few more points for the lead in the Rookie of the Year championship. We had a goal and we achieved it; as simple as that."

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , Michel Jourdain