CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: RuSPORT Racing Saturday report

Justin Wilson, ...

Justin Wilson, #9
A.J Allmendinger #10

Today's final qualifying for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Cleveland proved to be another challenging session for the RuSPORT team. After a promising morning practice where Justin Wilson and A.J. Allmendinger posted the 3rd and 4th fastest times, qualifying for the pair did not meet expectations. Struggling with the handling of the car, A.J. lost the #10 into the tire barriers of Turn 8, bringing out the red flag to end the session. Allmendinger complained of a mild headache and was taken to the MetroHealth Medical Center for precautionary scans only. Wilson's session ended early after the #9 got loose into Turn 4 and an off-road excursion left the car with a damaged front wing and bent front wishbone. Debris from the #9 brought a red flag. The #9 crew worked furiously, but were unable to get Justin back on track.

Justin Wilson
"The car just got loose into Turn 4 and I went off and hit a bump wrong; the car submarined a bit. The front wishbone was bent and it damaged the front wing. My guys worked really hard, but we just couldn't get the #9 back out. It's unfortunate because we were second-quick in the pre- qualifying practice. The thing to do now is really focus on getting a good race car so that we can make some progress during the race tomorrow. Cleveland, fortunately, lends itself to a few more opportunities for passing and making a move."

A.J. Allmendinger

Due to A.J. being taken to the MetroHealth Medical Center, no quotes are available at this time.

Jeremy Dale, Team President
"We thought yesterday was challenging, but today was certainly more of a struggle. First things first, A.J. is okay and we expect he will be ready to drive tomorrow- that's the most important issue. Unfortunately, with Justin going off in Turn 4, the car had a bent front wishbone and we just couldn't get it repaired in time to get back out there and post the time we knew he had in the car. Sunday is going to be tough, but there's no better place to pass cars than Cleveland and we have the confidence in our drivers and our crew to move up the grid and bring home some championship points."

-rsr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger