After a promising start to today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland that saw Justin Wilson and A.J. Allmendinger lead the ...
After a promising start to today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland that saw Justin Wilson and A.J. Allmendinger lead the #9 and #10 cars to green for the first all-RuSPORT front-row, the teammates settled in to pace the race comfortably in the lead pack. Misfortune struck pole-sitter Wilson on Lap45 when his Ford-Cosworth engine suffered an internal engine drive failure that resulted in a loss of oil pressure and power ending Justin's day. Wilson had led 43 laps and in turn raised nearly $500.00 for Paul Newman's Hole in the Camps for children with serious illnesses. Allmendinger battled an ill-handling car, but stayed in the hunt to bring home his 4th top-ten finish of the season. Justin and A.J. leave Portland in 3rd and 4th, respectively in the overall Drivers Championship.
"I'm really disappointed and in a bit of a state of disbelief, really. The car was fantastic and everything was going to plan; I was really almost in a cruise mode. The car was so good in fact that the walk back to pits was harder on me than driving the car. The good thing is that we've showed all weekend long that RuSPORT can do this and be competitive. We'll make those same opportunities going forward."
"We just didn't have the balance right on the car at all. Really, fifth is a lucky fifth for as bad as the car was in my opinion. I really feel bad for Justin because he had this race won-he was just so hooked up. I feel bad for the team because that should've been RuSPORT's first win too."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"This is why they have the race. The team did an outstanding job all weekend and this was Justin's race. The normally reliable Ford-Cosworth engine had a failure. Clearly the team continued to demonstrate that we have the speed and skill to compete up front. A.J. was challenged with the car set-up throughout the race but he stayed with it and came home with another top-five. Now it's off to Cleveland."