Mid-Ohio: RuSPORT race notes


#3 Aaron Justus: Qualified 2nd (1:15.841/107.182-mph) Finished 3rd.

#4 A.J. Allmendinger: Qualified 1st (1:15.668/107.427-mph *new track record). DNF.

After RuSPORT drivers A.J. Allmendinger and Aaron Justus delivered an outstanding qualifying performance, earning pole position and 2nd respectively, and shattering the long standing track record set by Jacques Villenueve in 1993 (1:16.319/106.13-mph), the pair sat poised for success. A first lap incident, however, dashed hopes for the team's third 1-2. Although Allmendinger was given his first DNF of his rookie season, Justus drove solidly to his third podium of his first full Toyota Atlantic year. A.J. and Aaron both retain their standing in the Championship, 1st (150 total points) and 5th (97 total points), respectively.

#3 Aaron Justus

"I'm happy today with both my performance and the performance of the car. RuSPORT clearly gave me a car to win, so it's a little disappointing that the start painted the picture for the rest of the race. After Toronto's start, I felt a little vulnerable on the front row. I dropped to third at the start, but we were right there with Michael (Valiante) and Ryan (Dalziel). There just wasn't an opportunity to make a clear pass. It's a solid result and now we'll look to Montreal."

#4 A.J. Allmendinger

"It's very disappointing. I had a good start and I gave Michael (Valiante) plenty of room going into the corner (Turn 8) and out of it, but he still got up into me. It's too bad because we definitely had the car to beat all weekend. We'll miss out on some points today, but we'll be back and strong-like we've shown we are- and get those points back in Montreal."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"Well another bittersweet day for RuSPORT, with just the outcome reversed a bit from Trois Rivieres. We really felt like the incident at the start was not A.J.'s fault. A.J. gave Michael a lot of racing room, which these guys have been doing all year long. It's very, very disappointing. On the other hand, Aaron was really pushing Ryan and Michael, many laps running faster times than those two, but Aaron just couldn't find a way by. So, it was a very solid result for Aaron and the team."

Carl Russo, Team Owner

"It's a tough weekend for the championship. A.J. had a coming together with Valiante. I believe A.J. left him room, but we'll chalk that one up and get on to the next race. Aaron, on the other hand, did a good job. He ran close the whole race. Michael, Ryan, and Aaron ran 1-2-3 the whole time. Obviously for Aaron to be on the podium is another good weekend for RuSPORT."


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Series Atlantic
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , Aaron Justus