After the toughest start to a Champ Car weekend RuSPORT had endured, the Denver-based crew persevered today on the Burke Lakefront Airport landing strips to bring home the team's 2nd season podium and 9th top-ten finish. Race strategy and strong...
After the toughest start to a Champ Car weekend RuSPORT had endured, the Denver-based crew persevered today on the Burke Lakefront Airport landing strips to bring home the team's 2nd season podium and 9th top-ten finish. Race strategy and strong pit-stops were key to both A.J. Allmendinger's race and teammate Justin Wilson's efforts in collecting a 2nd-place and 7th-place, respectively. A.J. not only earned his 4th career podium, but he also led his first Champ Car laps of 2005. Justin's charge today brought him from a lap down to his 4th top-ten finish and earned him a championship point for Most Improved for number of cars passed. Allmendinger leaves Cleveland in 3rd in the Drivers Championship, just ahead of Wilson in 4th.
"This was definitely a tough race, but I just kept battling. I had a couple of incidents on the track, but my team did a great job and my engineer Todd (Malloy) kept us in the race. I got my lap back and then just focused on putting together fast and mistake-free laps. Everyone's effort paid off and we brought home our fourth top-ten finish and earned another championship point for most cars passed. All of that keeps us right there in the overall standings, so I'm pleased we finished the weekend on a better note."
"We struggled all weekend with the balance of the car, but got it right when it mattered most. Bridgestone brought an amazing tire here and everything just worked together today. Paul (Tracy) was a master at the restart and passed two cars -- I was hoping I had a few more laps with traffic between us! I really had to keep pushing hard at the end because I wanted to close the gap to Paul and Oriol (Servia) was coming quick behind me. After the weekend we've had, this 2nd place feels really, really good."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"As in any business, resiliency is the most highly valued of things. After the letdown at Portland and the qualifying sessions here this weekend, the team rallied and executed with A.J.'s 2nd-place and Justin passing the most cars to solidify their positions in the points chase. A sincere, heartfelt congratulations goes out to the entire team for their effort."