CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: RuSPORT Friday report

The RuSPORT team kicked off their home race weekend with a strong showing in today's provisional qualifying for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Reigning Roshrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger led the team to another top-five set...

The RuSPORT team kicked off their home race weekend with a strong showing in today's provisional qualifying for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Reigning Roshrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger led the team to another top-five set of qualifications as he and teammate Justin Wilson managed ever-changing track conditions to qualify 4th and 5th, respectively. Both the Western Union #10 and the Intel #9 cars were on their final flyers in the last two minutes of the session when an incident brought out both the red and checkered flags to end qualifying early. Final qualifying for Sunday's race goes green tomorrow at 2:00 PM (MT).

Justin Wilson

"Today was okay, not too bad overall. A.J. and I are competitive and we definitely have something solid to work with here. We need to polish it up a bit overnight, but I'm pretty confident that we can improve for tomorrow and move both the Intel and Western Union cars further up the grid."

A.J. Allmendinger

"I'm pleased with the progress the Western Union crew made from this morning's practice to qualifying today. We have a lot more to improve for tomorrow's final qualifying and for the race, but we know where to go from here. We struggled with the balance of the car and in certain corners we had different problems than others; we're struggling with some entry speed and understeer. I'm not thrilled with p-4, but I'm confident that we can build on that for tomorrow."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"So far this year our strengths have not been in Friday qualifying on street-circuits. Having said that, this is one of our better Friday's on a street-circuit. We definitely have two solid cars and we've got good momentum heading into tomorrow. So, we'll just hope the weather holds out for Saturday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , A.J. Allmendinger