Las Vegas: RuSPORT race report

Justin Wilson Finishes in Second Place in the 2006 Grand Prix of Long Beach A.J. Allmendinger Unable to Finish After Turn One Incident LONG BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2006 -- RuSPORT completed the 2006 Grand Prix of Long Beach with mixed ...

Justin Wilson Finishes in Second Place in the 2006 Grand Prix of Long Beach

A.J. Allmendinger Unable to Finish After Turn One Incident

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2006 -- RuSPORT completed the 2006 Grand Prix of Long Beach with mixed results and mixed emotions. Justin Wilson ran a consistently strong race in the #9 CDW RuSPORT Champ Car and finished in second place, behind Sebastien Bourdais in the #1 Newman-Hass car.

The Long Beach circuit claimed its first victims in turn one of the opening lap of the race. Among them was A.J. Allmendinger in the #10 RuSPORT Champ Car, who was caught up in a multi-car incident and was unable to continue.

Wilson's finish as runner-up gets RuSPORT off to a great start in the 2006 Champ Car Season. It also signifies a great new start to CDW's partnership with RuSPORT as the primary sponsor of Wilson's #9 Champ Car.

"Obviously the race went pretty well," said Wilson. "The CDW crew has been working hard all weekend to get the car competitive and to get it ready. We've made quite a few changes chasing the setup. I just want to thank them for putting all the effort in and making sure we can be here on the podium. The race itself went pretty smoothly. I managed to get through the first corner. I looked in my mirror coming out of the first corner, I could see that someone had hit Bruno, he was flying through the air, and he collected AJ. I'm quite disappointed that AJ had such a disappointing race, but I'm sure he's going to bounce back pretty strong at the next one, in Houston."

"It was a great weekend overall, up until the race itself," said Allmendinger. "I felt my engineers and I worked really well together, and I couldn't ask for much more than that. But at the same time, the race was obviously disappointing, and there's not much more I can say about it. I don't think the crash was my fault -- that's just turn one at Long Beach, and it can happen in turn one at any Champ Car track. I want to thank my whole RuSPORT team, everyone at Red Bull & CDW, and everyone who supported us. I think we have a lot to build on for the rest of the season."

"The entire team at RuSPORT performed magnificently in this, the first race of the 2006 season," said RuSPORT team owner Carl Russo. "The team showed speed from the start of the weekend, and while AJ was unfortunately taken out in a turn one incident, Justin went on to demonstrate that CDW and RuSPORT are here to stay."

RuSPORT takes to the track again for the Grand Prix of Houston, May 13.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo