CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Bridgestone race report

Allmendinger Keeps Title Hopes Alive with 5th Victory of Season A.J. Allmendinger wasn't sure what kind of racecar he had at the beginning of the race, but he found out by the end: It was a winner. Allmendinger eked into the lead following the...

Allmendinger Keeps Title Hopes Alive with 5th Victory of Season

A.J. Allmendinger wasn't sure what kind of racecar he had at the beginning of the race, but he found out by the end: It was a winner. Allmendinger eked into the lead following the final round of pit stops, waited out a red-flag delay following Katherine Legge's frightening crash, and then held off Newman/Haas Racing teammates Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais to the checkered flag.

The fifth race win for Allmendinger since joining Forsythe Championship Racing in June also kept the American alive in the chase to unseat Bourdais as series champion. Allmendinger trails Bourdais by 58 points with two races remaining.

From A.J. Allmendinger, #7 Indeck/Forsythe Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestones were great today. The reds and the blacks, more than anything I was just trying to find the right balance on which set I wanted on the car. The tires weren't going away at all, that was one good thing, even though we were abusing them too hard. They weren't going away and that's always what you ask for."

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought new tires for both its dry-condition specifications this weekend, although teams used each during the open test at Road America last month. The slicks fall into the most durable range of Bridgestone road-course compounds, with the red-sidewall alternates containing a slightly softer compound than the standard black-sidewall Potenzas. Each car received seven sets of standard-spec and two sets of alternate-spec tires for the weekend.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We are all so relieved to see Katherine doing so well after a very scary accident. It is, however, another great testament to the safety of the Champ Cars and the great work of the safety team. We're all very glad to have them here. Congratulations to A.J. Allmendinger and his Forsythe Racing team for a well-earned victory here today. With the relatively cool temperatures, both the standard and alternate Bridgestones performed very well today, and having used wet tires significantly on Friday and Saturday, Bridgestone once again gathered plenty of useful data from the event. All of this goes into making our future tires even better."

Race temperatures ranged from 75 to 83 degrees track and from 64 to 67 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 24 to 28 degrees track and from 18 to 19 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge