A.J. Allmendinger, #10 Western Union
Qualified 4th 1:33.867 / 107.194-mph
American A.J. Allmendinger secured his sixth consecutive top-ten start in today's final qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise Australia. The #10 Western Union crew recovered swiftly from an early morning shunt on the tough street-course and prepped the spare car to capture the rookie's tenth top-ten qualifying effort of the season. As Allmendinger takes the green flag tomorrow, he only needs to finish 1 point ahead of former F-1 pilot Justin Wilson to capture this year's Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year title.
"First of all, I have to say I'm really proud of my crew today. After the crash this morning in practice, my crew went to work on the spare car and not only got it ready for qualifying, but gave me an even better car than yesterday. I didn't hit every corner exactly the way I wanted-the esses through Turn 7 are still giving me a hard time, but I feel much better than I did yesterday or this morning. The start of the race tomorrow is going to be really tough, and every year in collects a lot of cars. I'm starting behind Sebastien (Bourdais), so I'm going to be right there on his gearbox and hopefully slide through and race to a top finish."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"A.J.'s crew did just a phenomenal job in getting the back-up car ready for today's qualifying session. It seems like it should be simple to get a car ready to go, but to get it out there and perform flawlessly is a tremendous task. So, my hat's off to them. A.J. kept his head in the game and he should be proud of his grid position."
Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante
Qualified 8th 1:35.115 / 105.788-mph
Mexican pilot Michel Jourdain Jr. collected his third consecutive top-ten start in today's final qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. Jourdain improved his qualifying time from yesterday and was on his way to move further up the grid when a red flag ended the session early. Last year, Jourdain led the race here and has finished in the top-ten on his last four trips to the streets of Surfer's Paradise.
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"We're having a lot of problems with the brakes this weekend, so I was really never comfortable enough to put a great lap together. The good thing is that is 90% of our problem, so solving that issue will give us much better performance for tomorrow. RuSPORT came out of qualifying with both cars in the top-ten again and A.J. (Allmendinger) did a great job and put his car inside the top-five on just his first visit here. This is a great street-course, and as I have said before, I am really looking forward to having a great race here and getting my first Surfer's Paradise win that I came so close to last year."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
"Michel can be justifiably frustrated with his grid position for tomorrow. He was caught out by the red flag and was putting together a great lap that would have put him further up the grid. On the positive side, his grid position does not reflect where we're at or where he's at in terms of performance or car speed. So I think we can look forward to a great run from the #9 car tomorrow."