CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: RuSPORT Friday report

The RuSPORT team opened the season finale in Mexico City in excellent form with AJ Allmendinger capturing the provisional pole with a time of 1:27.349, almost six-tenths of second quicker than anyone else in the field, and Justin Wilson qualifying...

The RuSPORT team opened the season finale in Mexico City in excellent form with AJ Allmendinger capturing the provisional pole with a time of 1:27.349, almost six-tenths of second quicker than anyone else in the field, and Justin Wilson qualifying fourth with a time of 1:28.564. Completing the top-three in qualifying were Paul Tracy in second and Mario Dominguez in third. The drivers will return to the track tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m. for a practice session and final qualifying will begin at 12:45 p.m. local time.

A.J. Allmendinger

"I wasn't sure what to do with the tires, either go with the black or the red and I was going to stick with the black tires, but once I saw Mario go out there on the reds and he put up a lap that was quicker than myself on the blacks, I knew I had to switch to have any chance at all. The car was amazing on the red tires. I think I could have been quicker on the second lap, once we got after that, the car was just smooth as can be. I think we need to work on the black tires a little bit, get the car a little bit more stable and quicker for the race, but overall I am pleased."

Justin Wilson

"I am quite pleased that we came out in fourth position on what was a very difficult day. We were up and down all day, but fortunately, when it counted we were up. Now we will go back tonight, work hard on the car and hope to improve it for tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale

"Justin did a tremendous job today to be the quickest of the drivers that ran the hard tire, the black wall tire. His car was really nervous and very difficult to drive, but he drove it with a tremendous amount of commitment. I know he is not 100% happy with the car that he has, so I am sure that they will make a lot of progress overnight, but his position is very good (4th) considering what he has right now. AJ and all of his guys did a great, great job today, and I want to congratulate everybody for putting the #10 car on provisional pole. They worked hard on the car all day. AJ drove the car very, very well and they made a great decision at the last minute before doing their final qualifying run by putting the red tires on the car to get the provisional pole. Chances are that everybody will go quicker tomorrow, but to have a guaranteed spot on the front row for the Western Union #10 car is really good news and a job well done by everyone."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , A.J. Allmendinger