CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: RuSPORT Friday report

The RuSPORT team reached a significant milestone in today's provisional qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland after posting the squad's best qualifying effort to date. British 26 year-old Justin Wilson collected his first ...

The RuSPORT team reached a significant milestone in today's provisional qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland after posting the squad's best qualifying effort to date. British 26 year-old Justin Wilson collected his first provisional pole, setting a new track record and just edging out his teammate, 23 year-old American A.J. Allmendinger who delivered an equally skilled session to garner 2nd. This is the first time the second-year team has claimed the front-row in qualifying. Wilson, who currently sits 2nd in the overall Drivers Championship, earns a championship point today and guarantees the #9 Intel car a front- row start for Sunday's race. It wills also mark Justin's 3rd career front-row start.

Justin Wilson
"I'm very pleased with today's result. RuSPORT gave me a great car right off the truck today. I'm really happy with my crew and my engineers did a fantastic job. RuSPORT had a great test here after Long Beach, where we were quickest and we're getting the dividends this weekend of what we learned."

A.J. Allmendinger
"I will say that I'm pleased with the result because it's a great run for RuSPORT as a team today, qualifying 1-2, but I am a bit disappointed. In practice this morning, even though I only got 5 or 6 laps, I was very happy with the balance of the car. But in qualifying, the car went off and was much different than we expected. It's been a great day for RuSPORT and for my teammate Justin (Wilson), but I know I can do better."

Jeremy Dale, Team President
"This is certainly a landmark day for the RuSPORT team because we got our first provisional pole and followed that up with the second car in P-2. The team had a great test here in April and today was an indication of that hard word and the payoff the guys deserved. Obviously the weather is the big question mark for tomorrow, so we'll see. Congratulations to the #9 and #10 guys; it was well earned."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger