CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: RuSPORT preview

The Grand Prix of Denver will be a special stop on the Champ Car circuit for RuSPORT. The race is the "home" race for the team as they are based just outside of Denver in Loveland, Colorado with plans in the works to build a new shop in the next...

The Grand Prix of Denver will be a special stop on the Champ Car circuit for RuSPORT. The race is the "home" race for the team as they are based just outside of Denver in Loveland, Colorado with plans in the works to build a new shop in the next year that will be located in the Denver-metro area. RuSPORT will host many friends and families this weekend, as well as guests from the business sector.

The Denver Grand Prix is also special to the team because it was here last year that RuSPORT, lead by rookie A.J. Allmendinger, captured the Toyota Atlantic Championship in just its first year of competition. Allmendinger won last year's Atlantic and sealed the title.

Denver is also home to several of the team's partners. Western Union is headquartered here in Denver and returns for the third time this season as the primary sponsor for the #10 car of A.J. Allmendinger. Centrix, who is the title sponsor for this weekend's race, is also based here and is a sponsor of veteran Mexican driver Michel Jourdain Jr.

Like A.J., Michel has done well in the streets of Denver. In both 2002 and 2003, Jourdain qualified and finished in the top-ten. A sixth-place finish here last year was his best result in Denver to date.

Although RuSPORT is a new team, they have been quickly gaining momentum. Both drivers come into this weekend in the top-ten in the Drivers' Championship standings. The team has garnered three podiums so far this season, including a double podium finish in Vancouver. Allmendinger also leads the points in the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year battle.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Michel Jourdain