Reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger charged to the top of the timing charts today in the final qualifying session for the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. The 23 year-old American pilot held pole position for some time and...
Reigning Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger charged to the top of the timing charts today in the final qualifying session for the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. The 23 year-old American pilot held pole position for some time and then continue to battle in the top five as the session came to a close. Unfortunately, a miscount of laps led to a black flag penalty for the #10 RuSPORT car and Allmendinger lost his fastest lap time as a result. A.J. would have started 5th prior to the penalty and RUSPORT would have posted the best team qualification effort. Tomorrow's race will take the green flag at 2:45 PM (CT) and can be seen tomorrow night on SPEED Channel at 11:30 PM (ET).
"It's been a frustrating weekend. Yesterday we struggled trying to find grip with the car and we were more off the pace than any of us wanted or expected to be. We did the work and today the RuSPORT #10 car was much better and it felt really good. We were right there with Sebastien (Bourdais) and challenging for the pole. Heck, I even held pole for awhile. So losing my fastest lap because of the black flag is very frustrating. The good news is that my teammate Justin Wilson has a front row start and that my car is has improved over the weekend and is a much better race car."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"The team owes A.J. one today. He drove his heart out and unfortunately we made an error. As a result, all of the hard work A.J. had done and all he had put into the session wasn't realized. We know A.J. is a charger and that he never gives up. Even though he's starting P-11, we know he can have a great race tomorrow."
British pilot Justin Wilson continued improving his game this weekend and garnered his first front row start of the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. Wilson battled at the top of the time charts, even holding the coveted pole position several times during today's final qualifying for the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. Today's run equals his career-best qualifying effort. The #9 RuSPORT crew now looks to bring home a podium finish for tomorrow's race. The green flag drops Sunday at 2:45 PM (CT) and can be seen on SPEED Channel Sunday night at 11:30 PM (ET).
"I'm pretty pleased with the result today. We were right there making a serious challenge for the pole and for the top spots. Both RuSPORT cars were fast and we had gotten them both on the right track. If we hadn't gotten the penalty on A.J.'s car, we would have actually had a better team showing than Newman/ Haas. It's a really good feeling to start to see the results of the work we've been doing. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race. My real concern is going to be with staying hydrated because it's supposed to be even hotter. That's really going to weigh on the drivers performance, so it's an issue I'm going to place close attention to. Other than that, the #9 RuSPORT car is ready."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"Justin and his entire crew did a tremendous job today. It's great to see him up there fighting for the front row-both cars are right there actually. He has a good race car and he's happy with it, so we're looking forward to a great race."