Allmendinger Survives Wild Cleveland Affair for 2nd Straight Win He's not certain exactly how he managed to do it, but A.J. Allmendinger drove to his second victory in as many weeks with his new team today. Allmendinger outlasted the field in a...
Allmendinger Survives Wild Cleveland Affair for 2nd Straight Win
He's not certain exactly how he managed to do it, but A.J. Allmendinger drove to his second victory in as many weeks with his new team today. Allmendinger outlasted the field in a crazy race that saw plenty of on-track incidents, differing pit strategies and general mayhem.
However, the sheer speed of Allmendinger's car was one of the few constants all day. When he got out front, the 24-year-old American pulled away from the pack. He placed great credit for that to the strength and durability of his Bridgestone tires, particularly the black-sidewall standard-spec Potenzas he used the entire race after flat-spotting his set of red-sidewall alternate tires on the opening lap.
* From A.J. Allmendinger, #7 Indeck Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was absolutely a crazy race. I felt like I threw it away when I spun, but I knew the car was amazing. The Bridgestone tires were disgustingly good. The blacks (standard Potenzas) were absolutely amazing; that's what allowed me to win. There were a lot of guys using the softer Bridgestone reds and my car was still faster. Those things were so hooked up, and I'm glad I could burn 'em down to the cords doing the donuts."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought a new standard specification tire to Cleveland and paired it with a proven alternate spec. As expected, the standard Potenzas provided very similar performance to the 2005 Cleveland standard tire. The "softer" alternate spec was used as the standard tire last year at Monterrey, Portland and Montreal. Each car received six sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of the red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec was required to be run during Sunday's race.
* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We certainly had a memorable race befitting Cleveland's silver anniversary today. It was wild an unpredictable at just about every turn. The Bridgestone tires were anything but unpredictable, though; both the standard and alternate spec Potenzas performed superbly. In fact, there wasn't much variance in the performance of either spec, in durability or speed. The best thing is that many of our Bridgestone teammates from the Akron Technical Center, where the race tires are made, were sitting in the Bridgestone grandstand today witnessing their fine work in action. They should take great pride in their efforts. But we're always looking for ways to improve the Potenzas and we'll see if we can develop standard and alternate tires for next year's Cleveland race with a little wider variance in speed performance, just to spice up the action even more."
Race temperatures ranged from 113 to 105 degrees track and from 79 to 77 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 45 to 41 degrees track and from 26 to 25 degrees ambient (C).