CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: RuSPORT preview

The RuSPORT duo of A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson continue on the charge for that first Champ Car victory. Allmendinger has seen the second step on the podium twice already this season and is ready to make that final jump up to ...

The RuSPORT duo of A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson continue on the charge for that first Champ Car victory. Allmendinger has seen the second step on the podium twice already this season and is ready to make that final jump up to #1. Wilson earned his first career pole position in Portland and had his first win in sights before an engine failure sidelined the #9 car. The pair have also racked up 4 front- row starts between them this year. The front of the grid is good, but now they are hungrier than ever.

Consistently running in the front has given RuSPORT a very strong start to the 2005 Champ Car World Series season. With Justin's Portland engine failure DNF aside, the pair have finished in the top- ten at every round. The effort has paid off with Allmendinger currently sitting 3rd in the overall Drivers Championship and Justin is in 4th.

Both A.J. and Justin are looking for a better result than last year as they raced through the streets of downtown Toronto. Despite each of them qualifying in the top-ten (Justin 5th, A.J. 8th), the tough circuit took its toll and Allmendinger finished 11th and Wilson was just behind in 12th. A.J. has had success here in the past; he led from pole to win here in 2003 on his way to clinching the Toyota Atlantic Series title.

The Toronto Champ Car event will be a special race for several RuSPORT team members as it will be their "home" event. Among those hailing from or near Toronto are team president Jeremy Dale, race engineer for car #9 Todd Malloy, and shock technician Alex Michie.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger