CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: RuSPORT Friday report

A.J. Allmendinger, ...

A.J. Allmendinger, #10 Western Union
Qualified 3rd 1:27.858 / 114.157-mph

Recently crowned 2004 Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger delivered an impressive third-place provisional qualifying effort for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mexico City. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is one of the few circuits the 22 year-old has never driven on and despite the lack of experience here, the # 10 Western Union crew turned in a fast lap that clocked in less than three-tenths behind pole time for today. If the forecast stays rain-free, RuSPORT and Allmendinger expect to solidify the # 10 car's 11th top-ten qualification.

A.J. Allmendinger

"Any time you can be in the top-three in this series is really great, but I think we've got even more to give and some things to work on to make more gains. Overall, I'm happy with the way the weekend is shaping up so far; we had a good practice session this morning and improved for qualifying this afternoon. I'm confident that we can keep the momentum and really contend for the pole tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"A.J. and the team did a terrific job today, considering the team has never been here before and A.J has never driven here before. This track is a fast track and very unique, so the team should be proud of a P-3."

Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante
Qualified 9th 1:28.401 / 113.456-mph

Michel Jourdain Jr. was off to a promising start for this weekend's Grand Prix of Mexico City and his home race for today's Champ Car qualifying. In front of cheering fans, Jourdain improved his time from this morning's practice session to turn in a strong lap that placed him 9th for provisional qualifying. The # 9 Gigante crew are looking for big things this weekend and eyeing a second season podium for Michel's home crowd and sponsors. Jourdain, who finished 4th here last year, is on his way to his 7th top-ten start of the season.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"We improved a lot from this morning's session, but we still need to make some changes. This morning the car was really, really loose in the front and this afternoon it was loose in the rear. We just need to find the balance. The good news is that A.J. did really well, qualifying third, so we will compare set-ups and find a better one for tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Well P-9 is a little bit disappointing for Michel and the Gigante crew. The team thought they were honing in on what Michel needed to get the most out of the car, but there's some more work to be done to get where we want to be. Hopefully, the weather will hold out for tomorrow and Michel can get out there and move up the grid and do the job we know he can do."

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