CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: RuSPORT preview

The RuSPORT squad is looking forward to returning to the historic Milwaukee Mile this weekend for Round 3 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Last year the 1.032-mile oval became the site of the team's first...

The RuSPORT squad is looking forward to returning to the historic Milwaukee Mile this weekend for Round 3 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Last year the 1.032-mile oval became the site of the team's first ever Champ Car podium; an impressive feat for a first-year team to achieve in just three starts. The 3rd-place finish by Michel Jourdain Jr. also marked a turning point for RUSPORT as the team went on to collect three more podium finishes and the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title with driver A.J. Allmendinger.

The Milwaukee Mile also holds special significance for Allmendinger. Although he came to Milwaukee in 2004 with very little oval-racing experience, the 23 year-old American garnered his first Champ Car career top-five finish here. A.J. said the 5th-place result boosted his confidence and made him "feel like I belong here racing with some of the best drivers in the world." The boost clearly helped as he went on to collect 8 more top-ten finishes, two podiums, and the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title.

The driver that fiercely challenged Allmendinger to the end for that coveted Rookie of the Year Championship last season is now his teammate for 2005. British pilot Justin Wilson is settling nicely into his new home at RuSPORT, just missing the podium and delivering two consecutive 4th-place finishes for the start of this season. Wilson has also collected his first front-row start and first laps led for 2005.

As RuSPORT heads into the first oval event of the Champ Car season, the team brings both Justin and A.J. firmly in the overall top-ten in the Drivers Championship standings. Wilson is currently 3rd and Allmendinger is in 10th. After a very productive test at the Mile last month where both pilots gathered important oval experience, Justin and A.J. feel confident about moving their positions up those rankings.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Michel Jourdain