CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: RuSPORT/Allmendinger Friday report

Allmendinger Earns Career-Best Start at Cleveland A.J. Allmendinger, ...

Allmendinger Earns Career-Best Start at Cleveland

A.J. Allmendinger, #10

Qualified 4th 58.142/130.398 mph

American rookie AJ Allmendinger earned his best Champ Car start to-date for Sunday's US Bank Presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland. It marks his second consecutive top-five start.

A.J. Allmendinger

"I'm happy and still a little disappointed because the car was better. I don't think I could have beat (pole sitter) Paul (Tracy), but I could have contended for the front row. The car was really good and I was just trying to challenge it even more. I got greedy and lost it. I really can't complain though because I know the car is good for the race. It doesn't matter too much where you start (at Cleveland); you just have to get through Turn 1. I'm very pleased with this effort and with the team how the team's working."

On Cleveland's infamous Turn 1: "Your guess is as good as mine. I have no clue. The way (teammate) Michel (Jourdain) puts it, he's crashed four out of eight races in Turn 1, so whatever Michel does I'll do the opposite and hopefully be OK. Just kidding, but it goes to show just how challenging that corner can be when a veteran like Michel has struggled so much with it."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"All you had to do was be here today to watch the number of guys spinning cars and having problems to know how challenging qualifying was this afternoon. The wind is really blowing from a difficult direction. AJ did a great job. We thought he was going to squeak out a front row start. To be on the second row is a great accomplishment though. Turn 1 at Cleveland is a whole different story for race day, but today was a great effort by AJ and his crew."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger