Front Row Starting Position for Allmendinger at Portland Portland, Oregon - June 17th, 2006 -- It came down to the wire today for A.J. Allmendinger who watched from his pit stand as Bruno Junqueira bumped him from Pole on his last flying lap and...
Front Row Starting Position for Allmendinger at Portland
Portland, Oregon - June 17th, 2006 -- It came down to the wire today for A.J. Allmendinger who watched from his pit stand as Bruno Junqueira bumped him from Pole on his last flying lap and by only eight thousands of a second. Allmendinger, who will start from the front row for the second year in a row at the G.I. Joe's Presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland will be taking the green flag for the first time with the Forsythe Team tomorrow. Paul Tracy struggled today with the balance of his car and will start the race from the outside of the fifth row; tomorrow he will be chasing his fourth consecutive podium finish at this track.
A.J. Allmendinger -- Second -- #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"I think it was good. Forsythe this whole weekend has been fantastic. Right out of the box, they've given me a good car. We just kind of slowly worked on it and fine tuned it. This morning we were the quickest. As we saw the times were really close. Going into qualifying, I think we all knew it was kind of just going to be up in the air for whoever could go in to get pole. Taking the gamble yesterday with going on the reds to get pole, we knew that was going to be a little disadvantage today because we weren't going to have two sets of red tires. So, we ran a set of blacks. We were actually fairly quick on the black set of tires in the first run. Kind of had to take a guess at the reds the second run. The car was pretty good. I don't think I got everything out of it because I caught a little bit of traffic on the last couple laps. But, you know, I guess I took it at the end yesterday. I probably deserve to have it taken away from me today in the last lap. Congratulations to Bruno because I think he's probably had the most difficult year so far and he deserved it. Congratulations to him. I think we have a good car tomorrow to go race."
Paul Tracy -- Tenth -- #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"I just couldn't go any faster, I mean I thought that we had improved the car from yesterday, and it felt better, but we just didn't have the speed at all. The overall problem was the balance, I would go into the corner and it would push and then get loose then push again, we just couldn't carry enough speed through all the long corners here in Portland. This is definitely not what we need right now, hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to have a safe race and score some points. It's going to be a long race, and because of the way the fuel windows work here depending on what happens on the start we might be able to get creative with our strategy and try to win the race."
Tune in to CBS Sports tomorrow at 3:30pm Eastern time as Allmendinger tries to capture his first career victory at the fifth round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.