November 23, 2004 -- Today RUSPORT has announced they will be competing in the 2005 Champ Car World Series with a two car effort featuring A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson. Allmendinger and Wilson finished the season 1-2 in the 2004 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year standings.
Allmendinger, the 22 year-old American is looking forward to continuing his momentum behind the wheel of the RuSPORT #10 Ford-Cosworth Lola.
"After having a strong first year, finishing sixth in the overall standings, and winning the Rookie of the Year title, I'm even more excited to get in the car and build on what we as a team have accomplished this year," said the Autosport Rookie of the Year nominee. "I'm truly living my dream and I know winning pole positions and races is right around the corner. We came into this year knowing we had a lot to learn; now I'm confident we can contend for the championship."
The 26 year-old Wilson, who hails from the U.K., proved to be a worthy competitor on the track in his first season, collecting 10 top-ten starts and 7 top-ten finishes.
"I'm obviously very excited to be joining RuSPORT," said the former F1 pilot and Formula 3000 champion. "The atmosphere within in the team is great and there is such a high level of drive and professionalism. I think it's the best place to be to win races and championships. I'm also really looking forward to having A.J. as a teammate because we see things similarly. We get on well even though every weekend we were battling head to head."
"I am proud of what we accomplished in 2004; however, I know that I speak for all of RuSPORT when I say we are eager get to the front," said Carl Russo team owner. "I believe we have what it takes to get there. A.J. and Justin are two young champions who know how to go for it. This is going to be fun!"
RuSPORT, headquartered in Denver, CO, won the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship in its first year of competition and their first year of Champ Car competition has yielded 19 top-ten starts and 15 top-ten finishes, including 4 podiums. The team also marked several milestones, including the team's first double-podium and first laps-led. RuSPORT will begin the campaign for the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford championship on April 10, 2005 at the series season opener in Long Beach, CA.