CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Bridgestone race report

Allmendinger Races from Unemployment Line to Victory Lane A.J. Allmendinger dominated today's race to gain the first victory of his three-year Champ Car career, leading 101 of the 105 laps in one of the quickest turnarounds in series history. In...

Allmendinger Races from Unemployment Line to Victory Lane

A.J. Allmendinger dominated today's race to gain the first victory of his three-year Champ Car career, leading 101 of the 105 laps in one of the quickest turnarounds in series history. In the span of little more than a week, Allmendinger lost his ride with RuSPORT, got engaged and then signed with Forsythe Championship Racing. He drove the #7 Indeck/Forsythe Ford/Lola on Bridgestone tires to a 5.42-second win over his former RuSPORT teammate, Justin Wilson.

From A.J. Allmendinger, #7 Indeck/Forsythe Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Forsythe crew gave me the best car I've ever had. The Bridgestone tires were absolutely amazing! The first set of tires is usually the toughest set to drive on because the track's so dirty, but they held up. The last stint, man, the tires were absolutely unbelievable the way they held up."

From Justin Wilson, #9 CDW/RuSPORT Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "I was running flat out today. It was 105 laps of qualifying pace out there. The Bridgestone tires gave us a lot of consistent laps; we were pushing 100 percent it all the time, trying to get everything we could. There wasn't a lap that I backed off. The tires were holding out fine, except we flat-spotted that one and it really cost us. That hurt us a little bit, but I had to have a go at that point. We were in lapped traffic and I knew if there was going to be an opportunity, that was it. It wasn't to be. A.J. has had a fantastic weekend and he did a great job."

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone brought new tire compounds to Portland for both its standard and alternate specifications. Each car received six sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec had to be run during the race. The alternate tires feature a slightly higher grip compound ("softer") to yield faster lap times -- and they proved to be a half-second or more quicker than the black-sidewall standards. Durability proved little issue either, as most drivers were able to put full stints in on the alternates without sacrificing much in lap times.

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "What an amazing turnaround for A.J., and we couldn't be happier to see this great young American talent at the top of the podium today. Since there were no yellows throughout the race, everyone was pushing their cars at a tremendous pace all day long and the Bridgestone tires were there for each punishing lap. Both the standard and alternate Potenzas did their jobs quite well, and it was good to see the mix in team strategies on when to use each type tire. The Bridgestone alternate tire concept has definitely become an integral part of the exciting Champ Car World Series."

Race temperatures ranged from 115 to 99 degrees track and from 74 to 72 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 46 to 37 degrees track and from 23 to 22 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger